FLORIDA: Steven King, 45, of Miramar, Florida, was found guilty today by a federal jury of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud.
Court documents and trial evidence showed that King was the chief compliance officer of a pharmacy holding company that billed Medicare more than $50 million for lidocaine and diabetic testing supplies that were not medically necessary or requested by Medicare beneficiaries.
King and his co-conspirators ran A1C Holdings LLC, which owned pharmacies in different states, including All American Medical Pharmacy in Warren, Michigan.
They violated Medicare and pharmacy benefit manager rules by obtaining prescriptions and refills for their pharmacies for unneeded lidocaine and diabetic testing supplies.
King and his co-conspirators also hid their scheme by registering their mail order pharmacies as retail locations to avoid stricter scrutiny, sending prescription refills for high-paying medications and supplies without patient consent, disguising the ownership of A1C Holdings LLC and its pharmacies, and moving patients among pharmacies without patient consent.
King and his co-conspirators did all this to keep billing Medicare for profitable medications and supplies. Instead of preventing and reporting the fraud as chief compliance officer, King used his position to cheat Medicare.
King will be sentenced on Sept. 14 and faces up to 20 years in prison. A federal judge will decide his sentence based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other legal factors.