Houston physician, pharmacists charged in $170M healthcare fraud

Two Houston pharmacists and a physician have been indicted on 13 counts for their roles in a multimillion-dollar healthcare fraud, kickback and money laundering scheme, NBC affiliate KPRC reported Sept. 26.

According to court documents, physician Lashondria Simpson-Camp, MD, allegedly referred prescriptions to her twin sister's two pharmacies in exchange for illegal kickbacks and bribes. Shalondria Simpson, PharmD, is a pharmacist and owner and operator of Advance Pharmacy and TruCare Pharmacy in Houston.

Between 2016 and 2022, Dr. Simpson, Dr. Simpson-Camp, and Shayla Bryant, PharmD – a pharmacist and Advance and TruCare's business manager – allegedly conspired to submit false and fraudulent claims to the Department of Labor's Office of Workers' Compensation Program.

Dr. Simpson's pharmacies allegedly submitted approximately $170 million in fraudulent claims to the workers' compensation program, which administers benefits on behalf of the Federal Employees' Compensation Act,, the report said.

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