- Associated Press - Thursday, September 8, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed charges made against the owner of a pharmacy chain accused of defrauding Medicaid and Medicare by submitting false claims for prescription refills.

The Baltimore Sun (https://bsun.md/2bUz1jn ) reports that Judge U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III blasted federal prosecutors last week while dismissing the charges against 48-year-old Reddy Annappareddy. Russell says prosecutors failed to disclose evidence, presented “significant” false testimony at trial and destroyed evidence.

Annappareddy was the head of Pharmacare and Caremerica, a chain of pharmacies that operated in Maryland, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.

He had been convicted of defrauding Medicare and Medicaid in 2014, but had been granted a new trial, which had been set for later this month. Four of Annappareddy’s co-defendants previously pleaded guilty in the case.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, https://www.baltimoresun.com

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