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CT Pharmacist in spotlight

October 01, 2009

Joby George pleaded guilty to one count of healthcare fraud and entered into a civil agreement requiring him to pay $344,000 to resolve claims that he violated the False Claims Act. George was a licensed pharmacist in New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York, as well as part owner of Bynam Pharmacy in Greenwich, CT. Authorities allege that George billed for drugs he never dispensed and accepted cash payment for certain narcotics. Authorities also allege that George knowingly billed Medicare and Medicaid for brand name drugs, when he in fact dispensed cheaper generic drugs. He will face a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000.

Holland Nguyen, a Bridgeport pharmacist, has been accused of filling more than two dozen prescriptions incorrectly from 2005 to 2008. Nguyen, who agreed to surrender her license, worked at a CVS on Boston Ave in Bridgeport. Among the complaints alleged are that Nguyen gave 50 times the prescribed dose of a steroid and gave Viagra to the wrong customer. Nguyen who will face a hearing before the Consumer Protection Department blamed her errors on an overwhelming workload.

Submitted by YSM Web Group on July 20, 2012