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Kansas City pharmacist pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud

March 2, 2019

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City pharmacist has pleaded guilty to bilking Medicaid out of tens of thousands of dollars.

The Kansas City Star reports that Steven Baraban, the former director and managing partner of Stark Pharmacy, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of health care fraud. He could face up to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced.

Baraban supervised operations at the pharmacy location inside Research Medical Center. Prosecutors say Baraban will have to forfeit $125,000 in cash and any property derived from the fraud.

Prosecutors say Medicaid paid Baraban for pain creams and an antibiotic that patients never received.

The charges against Baraban come after the pharmacy, based in Overland Park, Kansas, settled a federal health care fraud lawsuit for $9.5 million in December.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com