Pharmacist Worker Pleads Guilty in Health Care Fraud case

McAllen–A Mission woman plead guilty in a conspiracy to commit health care fraud and faces up to 10 years in prison when she gets sentenced next Spring, according to federal prosecutors.

Valerie Jean Flores 38, of Mission, Texas, who was formerly employed a senior pharmacist technician at Sara’s Pharmacy and Gift Corner located in Mission, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

At her hearing on Friday, Flores admitted that she participated in the conspiracy to defraud the Texas Medicaid/Vendor Drug program by submitting false and fraudulent claims for prescription medication that was not dispensed or provided. Specifically, Flores admitted the claims were false and fraudulent.
Flores also admitted that to cover up the fraud and the conspiracy she and co-defendant ASara Garza, along with other unindicted co-conspirators, forged prescriptions, doctors’ signatures on prescriptions, customers’ signatures on logs that purportedly indicated that a customer beneficiary had received medications and altered pharmacy records.
Flores faces a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine plus up to three years of post-prison supervised release at her sentencing in April 5, 2012. Flores was permitted to remain on bond pending sentencing, at which time the court will also decide the amount of restitution to be ordered.

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