June 13, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
PHARMACY OWNER CHARGED WITH INSURANCE
FRAUD AND FELONY THEFT
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today the filing of felony
insurance fraud and felony theft charges against Richard G. Halpern,
57, of 7915 Starburst Road, Pikesville. In a two count criminal
information filed in Baltimore County Circuit Court, Halpern, formerly
a pharmacist and owner of Irvins Pharmacy, 4001 Annapolis
Road in Lansdowne, was charged with providing false documentation
to and stealing over $309,000 from various insurance companies.
The filing of charges follows a joint investigation conducted by
the Office of the Attorney General, the Insurance Fraud Division
of the Maryland Insurance Administration, the Maryland State Police
and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
charges allege that from January of 1994 through October of 1996,
Halpern billed various insurance companies for pharmaceutical products
that he never actually dispensed. Halpern allegedly received over
$309,000 in illegitimate insurance reimbursements. If convicted
of felony theft or insurance fraud, Kirby could be sentenced to
serve up to 15 years in prison on each count.
indictment is merely an accusation of wrongdoing, and every individual
is presumed innocent until the charges are proven by the State.
No trial date has been set.