August 26, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
LANSDOWNE PHARMACY OWNER PLEADS
GUILTY TO FELONY INSURANCE FRAUD, THEFT
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that Richard G. Halpern
pleaded guilty to one count of felony insurance fraud and one count
of felony theft in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County. Halpern,
57, formerly a pharmacist and owner of Irvin's Pharmacy in Lansdowne,
had been charged with providing false documentation to and stealing
over $309,000 from various insurance companies.
to the statement of facts, from January 1994 through October 1996,
Halpern billed various insurance companies for pharmaceutical products
that he never actually dispensed. Halpern received over $309,000
in illegitimate insurance reimbursements.
Honorable Dana M. Levitz scheduled sentencing for October 28, 2002.
Halpern could potentially be sentenced to serve up to 15 years in
prison on the insurance fraud felony theft counts.
conviction 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.