Pharmacist pleads guilty to drug charge

February 09, 1996|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

A Laurel pharmacist pleaded guilty in Prince George's County Circuit Court yesterday to trading controlled dangerous substances for sexual favors at his Laurel pharmacy, the state attorney general's office said.

The plea by Yasin M. Hussain, 33, of the 11600 block of Sun Circle Way in Columbia's Hickory Ridge village stems from investigations in the past year of his Laurel Park Pharmacy by the attorney general's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Mr. Hussain has been free on more than $1 million bond in related court cases, including charges of mail fraud involving 11 private health insurers in Baltimore and Prince George's County, said Carolyn J. McElroy, director of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Mr. Hussain and his wife, Tahira, were indicted on Medicaid fraud and theft charges in Baltimore Circuit Court Aug. 3. They are accused of billing the state Medical Assistance Program for drugs never given to customers.

In that case, state officials with a search warrant recovered a large supply of unused drugs at the Laurel pharmacy in July, Ms. McElroy said. A trial is scheduled for March.

Yesterday, Mr. Hussain admitted in court that he illegally gave drugs in exchange for sexual favors to people who had no prescriptions, according to the attorney general's office.

"He dispensed these drugs to people who became addicted because of it," Mr. McElroy said. "We will be asking for jail for him."

Sentencing is scheduled for April 26.

Mr. Hussain could not be reached for comment yesterday. William T. Wood, his attorney, said his client "will cooperate fully. He will make full restitution to a number of insurance companies and medical suppliers."

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