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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Pharmacist stole $93K from Medicaid

  • A pharmacist who owned and operated a Medicine Shoppe pharmacy in Elmira stole more than $93,000 from the Medicaid program, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Friday, March 8.

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  • A pharmacist who owned and operated a Medicine Shoppe pharmacy in Elmira stole more than $93,000 from the Medicaid program, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Friday, March 8.
    Shari DeGraw, 50, of Horseheads, who ran the Medicine Shoppe on Pennsylvania Avenue, submitted phony Medicaid billings for pharmaceutical drugs, treatments and supplies that were never dispensed between 2005 and 2007, Schneiderman said.
    DeGraw was the CEO of Utter Enterprises Inc., the company that operated the Medicine Shoppe location.
    Utter Enterprises Inc. pleaded guilty to seconddegree grand larceny, a felony, while DeGraw pleaded guilty to petit larceny, a misdemeanor.
    DeGraw will get five years of probation and was ordered to pay $93,406.02 in restitution. She pleaded guilty Friday before Judge James Hayden in Chemung County Court.
    “My office has made rooting out waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicaid system a priority,” Schneiderman said in a statement Friday.
    “We will aggressively pursue any doctors, pharmacists or caregivers who abuse their position to steal from New York taxpayers.”
    The state’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated and prosecuted the case.
    It was not clear Friday if DeGraw was still a practicing pharmacist.

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