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For Immediate Release

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David Paulson, 410-576-6357
dpaulson@oag.state.md.us

Baltimore Woman Pleads Guilty to Medicaid Fraud

BALTIMORE, MD ( June 21, 2011) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Tyvernica Marshall-Adams, 29, of Baltimore, Maryland, entered a plea of guilty to Medicaid Fraud before the Honorable Lawrence P. Fletcher-Hill, Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland. Marshall-Adams received a disposition of Probation Before Judgment and will have to pay $1,079.49 in restitution to the Maryland Medicaid Program.

Marshall-Adams worked as a pharmacy assistant at a Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in the 1700 block of East Northern Parkway, Baltimore, Maryland. Investigators received a complaint from the owner of the pharmacy in August 2009 regarding prescription drugs that were missing from the pharmacy’s inventory. Investigators determined that Marshall-Adams was ordering bottles of prescription drugs through the pharmacy’s computer system and charging the items to the Maryland Medicaid Program.

“We are grateful that a citizen with a great amount of integrity, in this case a small business owner, stepped forward and did the right thing,” said Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler. “Medicaid fraud and prescription drug abuse are growing problems and we will continue to use of tools of this office to combat such abuse on behalf of Maryland taxpayers. ”

When interviewed by investigators, Marshall-Adams admitted to taking the prescription drugs from the pharmacy and billing the costs to Medicaid. The investigation discovered 15 fraudulent billings for Endocet and Roxicet for a loss of $1,079.49 to the Medicaid Program.

The case was investigated by the Attorney General’s Office Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Drug Diversion Task Force. Attorney General Gansler wishes to thank Assistant Attorney General John McLane, Medicaid Fraud Chief Investigator Peggy Gayhardt, and investigators from the Drug Diversion Task Force for their work on this case.

   

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