June 19, 2020

New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud

Darren M. Martin plead guilty on June 9 to conspiracy to commit health care fraud in federal court before the U.S. District Judge Greg Guidryin.  Martin, a licensed pharmacist in Louisiana, owned Willow Pharmacy, Inc. in Madisonville, Louisiana. Willow operated as a closed-door pharmacy for mixing and filling prescriptions of compounded medications that were reimbursed by health care benefit programs between 2012 and 2015. Willow agreed to collect copayments from Blue Cross covered patients, and that it would not waive a copayment unless authorized by CVS. An audit found that Willow, through Martin, contracted with Affordable Medication Solutions, LLC (AMS).  The contract was to make it appear that Willow collected the copayments per CVS request and purported AMS as a secondary payer. Between 2014 and 2015, it showed that AMS collected copayments on behalf of Willow for $567,710.39. Mr. Martin faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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