- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) - A doctor, pharmacist and accountant on Long Island have been arrested on charges they operated a fraud scheme in which Medicare and insurance carriers were billed for prescriptions they never filled.

Newsday reports (http://nwsdy.li/1Y87lKV ) 31-year-old Mohammed Hadi, 30-year-old Salman Siddiqui and 30-year-old Rizwan Ahmed are charged with conspiracy, health care fraud and illegal distribution of oxycodone.

Authorities allege that Hadi would write a legitimate prescription and send the recipient to one of two pharmacies operated by Siddiqui. Prosecutors say Siddiqui would fill out the legitimate prescription, but send numerous false prescriptions for reimbursement.

Authorities say Ahmed, Siddiqui and other pharmacy workers created false invoices to document phony purchases. Court documents say the pharmacies received $3 million from Medicare.

The men were released on $500,000 bond. Their attorneys declined to comment.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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