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Pharmacist to be arraigned on fraud charges

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Janesville pharmacist is set be arraigned in federal court this month on charges he cheated Medicaid and Medicare out of $1 million.

The Janesville Gazette reports a federal grand jury in Madison issued a 46-count indictment last week accusing 55-year-old Mark Johnson of submitting claims to the programs for reimbursement for medication he didn’t provide, lying in his responses to a 2013 Wisconsin Department of Health Services audit and creating fake physician prescription orders to support his false claims. The indictment said he made the fraudulent claims between early 2008 and early 2014.

Johnson made an initial appearance in federal court in Madison on Friday. He’s due to be arraigned Aug. 30. His attorney, Stephen Meyer, says he assumes Johnson will fight the allegations.


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