Pharmacy owner stole $5 million

TAMPA – More than 10 years ago, after he was convicted of filing bogus Medicaid claims from his Palm Harbor pharmacy, Samuel Wahba was told he couldn’t participate in such federal programs for 15 years.

Instead, Wahba changed the name of his business and got other people to submit bogus claims for him, stealing more than $5 million, according to an agreement he reached with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and filed last week.

Friday, Wahba, 46, pleaded guilty to health care fraud, making false statements to a federal agency, filing false claims with federal health care programs and failing to disclose his exclusion from participating in such programs.

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