NY pharmacy owner charged with defrauding Medicare and Medicaid allegedly getting paid for drugs not dispensed

The owner of Superdrugs Inc in New York, Aleah Mohammed aka Aleah Haniff was indicted in federal court charged with submitting millions of dollars in claims to Medicare and Medicaid for reimbursement for prescription drugs that were not dispensed. The claims that were included in the charges were for some prescription drugs for the treatment of HIV. The indictment also charged that Mohammed used the proceeds to buy luxury items such as a Porsche and jewelry.

Aleah Mohammed, aka “Aleah Haniff,” 33, of Queens, New York, was the owner and operator of 4 pharmacies: Superdrugs Inc., Superdrugs I Inc., Superdrugs II Inc. and S&A Superdrugs II Inc. Her pharmacies received approximately $7.9 million in fraudulent reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid, from approximaely May 2015 through June 2018, when Mohammed was arrested on the complaint, DOJ officials said in a press release. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, said in a prepared statement that the indictment alleges Mohammed stole millions from the taxpayer-funded programs, and he applauded efforts by investigators to uncover acts of fraud. “This case is another example of the outstanding work of the Department’s Medicare Fraud Strike Forces, which are focused on safeguarding federally funded health care programs and vigorously prosecuting those who seek to defraud them,” Benczkowski said, in his statement.

Since its inception in March 2007, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, now operating in 12 cities across the country, has charged nearly 4,000 defendants who have collectively billed the Medicare program for more than $14 billion, according to the DOJ.