- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A pharmacy owner has been sentenced for his part in a scheme that drained $16 million from the state Medicaid program.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday that 41-year-old Raheel Pervez of Dix Hills will serve one to three years for his part in a scheme that billed Medicaid for unfilled prescriptions.

His father Mujahid “Peter” Pervez controlled the three indicted pharmacies. Schneiderman says he is seeking extradition of the father, who fled to Pakistan.

Pervez’s father had previously been excluded from participating in the Medicaid program because of a fraud conviction.

The pharmacies were ordered to pay $16.7 million in restitution to Medicaid and Pervez has agreed to pay $500,000 in civil forfeiture.

Five other people were arrested in connection with the crime.

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