State says employees participated in pharmacy pyramid scheme
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state of Connecticut has filed a lawsuit alleging about a dozen current and retired state employees participated in an illegal pyramid scheme with a Florida-based pharmacy.
Attorney General George Jepsen’s office says the company, Assured Rx, and the workers in 2014 and 2015 defrauded the state’s Pharmacy Benefit Plan out of $10.9 million by filing false claims for expensive compound medications.
The lawsuit alleges the employees received prescriptions for compounds made by Assured Rx and were paid kickbacks from the company after the state paid for the drugs.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy called the allegations deeply disturbing.
Assured Rx did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment.