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9 August 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Two brothers f rom Ra…

9 August 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Two brothers f rom Rancho Palos Verdes w ere convicted today of federal health care fraud charges for billing two government health insurance programs for drugs their pharmacies never dispensed.

Mohammadali Abolahrar, 34, and Reza Abolahrar, 36, w ere found guilty of
conspiracy and 20 counts of health care fraud.

The 21 charges in the indictment w ere based on the Abolahrars’ operation of
two pharmacies, Bayview Pharmacy in Redondo Beach, w hich they ow ned and
operated from about 1995 unt il 1998, and Roxbury Pharmacy, near Beverly Hills,
which they ow ned and operat ed f rom 1998 through 2001. The evidence presented
during a four-w eek trial show ed t hat the pharmacies billed t he state Medi-Cal
program and the federal Tricare program for prescription drugs that they did not
provide.

The two pharmacies received a large amount of business f rom the liver
transplant unit at the UCLA Medical Center, w hich w ould fax prescriptions to the
pharmacies on behalf of liver transplant patients. Over time, the amount of
medication a pat ient w ould need w ould decrease. The pharmacies provided that
lesser amount to t he liver t ransplant pat ient s, but they of ten w ould bill Medi-Cal
and Tricare for a larger amount. The Abolahrars also billed the programs for drugs
not prescribed to patients, and for drugs that had been discontinued by the doctors.

British MP George Galloway and his opponent the Daily Telegraph will leave no stone unturned to sort out what could be a spectacular libel case.