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AG Gansler Secures Settlement with Baltimore Pharmacist
Ellicott City woman defrauded Medicaid program

Baltimore, MD ( Aug. 9, 2013) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that the State of Maryland has reached an agreement with Ms. Sherifat Fakunle of Ellicott City in which she will repay the Maryland Medicaid program $100,206 in civil damages. The agreement settles allegations that Fakunle, in her capacity as owner and primary pharmacist of Gwynn Oak Pharmacy in Baltimore, improperly billed the Medicaid program for drugs that were never prescribed by a physician.

"Falsely billing the Medicaid program for drugs that were never prescribed cannot be tolerated," said Attorney General Gansler. "Fortunately, our Medicaid Fraud Control Unit aggressively pursues such activities, helping to keep the system efficient and effective."

In announcing the settlement, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Tom Rafter, Auditor Bruce Snyder and Investigator Mark Holback of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for their work on this case.

   

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