West Houston pharmacy charged in alleged kickback scheme

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HOUSTON – A 45-year-old Houston resident has been charged with conspiring to violate the federal anti-kickback statute and receiving at least $320,000 in illegal kickback payments from a west Houston pharmacy, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

Dontrey Lamon Eason turned himself in to law enforcement agents on Monday and made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy K. Johnson Tuesday afternoon.

The criminal information alleges Eason and another individual entered into an agreement with Piney Point Pharmacy to receive $5,000 along with 40 percent of the payments the pharmacy received from the Federal Employees Compensation Act health care benefits program (FECA). Eason allegedly solicited a physician in Corpus Christi to send prescriptions to the pharmacy. Eason also had access to patient and pharmacy records to check the status of referrals, according to the complaint.

Prosecutors claim Eason received $320,608 from Piney Point Pharmacy who billed the FECA program $2,082,996 for referred prescriptions.

Conspiracy to pay kickbacks carries a possible sentence of five years in prison as well as a possible $250,000 maximum fine.

Piney Point Pharmacy was charged in January 2018 with numerous violations of federal law, including conspiracy, health care fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. The trial is set for Oct. 15, 2018.

This case was the result of a joint investigation with the U.S. Postal Service – Office of Inspector General (OIG), Department of Labor – OIG, Department of Veterans Affairs – OIG and Department of Homeland Security – OIG. Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Redlinger is prosecuting the case.

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