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NY Physician Charged in Medicaid Drug Fraud Ring

Cheryl Clark, August 16, 2010

Three other defendants, Miguel Angel Hernandez, Franmi Saeta and Ivette Arroyo allegedly assisted Lenny Hernandez in obtaining and distributing the oxycodone. Two other defendants, Antonio Martinez and Carl Guilford, obtained oxycodone prescriptions from Williamson, "despite having no medical need for the medication, then used their government-provided health benefit to fill the prescriptions," prosecutors charge.

The defendants are charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $1 million. Williamson, Hernandez, and two other defendants are also charged with one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $25,000.

Other named defendants include Reynoldo Colon and Junior Jaquez. All but Jaquez, who remains at large, were arrested, according to the DEA statement.

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