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For Immediate Release

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AG Gansler: Baltimore Woman Enters Guilty Plea in Pharmacy Scam
More than 60 prescriptions fraudulently dispensed over three-year period


Baltimore, MD ( Dec. 27, 2012) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Crystal Loyd, 33, of Baltimore, entered a plea of guilty in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to Conspiracy to Commit Theft under $1,000. Judge Paul A. Hackner issued Loyd a sentence of Probation Before Judgment, placed her on probation for one year and ordered her to pay $151.61 in restitution to the Maryland Medicaid Program.

"While the dollar amount may be small, the crime was serious," said Attorney General Gansler. "Stealing drugs and defrauding the Maryland Medicaid Program is something this office won't treat lightly."

Loyd's co-defendant, Melissa Wee, 31, of Baltimore, entered a plea of guilty in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court on August 7 to Misdemeanor Medicaid Fraud. Wee received an 18-month prison sentence, with all but 30 days suspended, three years of probation and was required to pay $86.04 in restitution to the Maryland Medicaid Program.

Loyd was an acquaintance of Wee, a pharmacy technician at a Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in the 5500 block of Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn Park. In June 2010, investigators from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration executed an Administrative Inspection Warrant at the pharmacy. The inspection determined that the pharmacy's file registers were missing prescription records for Hydrocodone for Wee and Loyd. Investigators determined that between July 2, 2009, and June 10, 2012, more than 60 prescriptions were not prescribed by physicians and were fraudulently dispensed to Wee and Loyd. In addition to fraudulently obtaining the prescription drugs, the costs were then charged to the Maryland Medicaid Program.

The case was investigated by the Office of the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Tactical Diversion Squad. In announcing the guilty plea, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General John McLane, Medicaid Fraud Chief of Investigations Peggy Gayhardt as well as investigators from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Tactical Diversion Squad, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General and Anne Arundel County Police Department for their work on this case.


   

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