(CBS Detroit) – A Dearborn woman was convicted by a federal jury of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with a scheme to obtain more than $65 million from a pharmaceutical company’s out-of-pocket assistance program. According to federal prosecutor her Dawn N. Ison.
Suzan Berro, 23, was allegedly involved in a multi-year scheme while working as a biller at multiple pharmacies.
According to court documents and evidence, the “coupon” program aids patients with the high cost of brand-name prescription drugs, and Bello creates fake “prescriptions” for fake “patients.”
She was reportedly using an address on a real estate listing to create a name and date of birth, pairing them with actual medical qualifications to select expensive name-brand prescriptions.
Additionally, she confirmed that the addresses of the real doctor and the fake patient were in close geographical proximity.
Authorities said an investigation revealed that the pharmacy existed only on paper and was never open to the public.
The co-conspirators filed these bogus claims on behalf of over 40 pharmacies.
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