Pharmacist pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud

September 19, 1996

A Columbia pharmacist pleaded guilty yesterday to defrauding the state's Medicaid program by billing for prescriptions that were never filled, the attorney general's office said.

Jim Su Pak, 35, who owns the Hickory Plaza Pharmacy on Hickory Ridge Road, was sentenced in District Court in Baltimore to a year of probation before judgment and was ordered to pay a $500 fine. He also was ordered to repay $361.76 to the Medicaid program, the money that was paid to him from the fraudulent billings.

Pak had filled a prescription in 1994 for an elderly woman, who at the time was not a Medicaid recipient, and the woman's family refused to pay for the drugs because they said she had no money.

When the woman later went on Medicaid, Pak submitted false claims for nine prescriptions that were never filled to obtain payment for the original unpaid prescription, prosecutors said.

Pub Date: 9/19/96

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