Pharmacist Convicted for Conspiring to Distribute Oxycodone and Commit Healthcare Fraud

Pharmacist Convicted for Conspiring to Distribute Oxycodone and Commit Healthcare Fraud

Pharmacist Kian Gohari was convicted on Thursday, November 10, of narcotics and healthcare fraud charges for his role in a conspiracy to distribute medically unnecessary oxycodone pills and fraudulently bill Medicaid for those oxycodone pills.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial:

From 2012 to 2015, Kian Gohari, who owned Ekwunife Pharmacy in Brooklyn, New York, distributed over 25,000 medically unnecessary oxycodone pills and fraudulently billed the majority of those pills to Medicaid. Gohari had an agreement with a co-conspirator, whereby Gohari would distribute the oxycodone pills only if the co-conspirator brought Gohari prescriptions for high-end medications – many of which were also medically unnecessary – such as HIV medications, psychiatric medications, and expensive pain gels. Gohari then billed Medicaid for those prescriptions for hundreds of thousands of dollars. The co-conspirator subsequently sold the oxycodone pills in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

For these activities, Gohari was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute narcotics and one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud. Gohari faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March, 9, 2017, before Judge Rakoff.