(WXYZ) - A Canton pharmacist and five other of his associates were convicted on 26 counts of conspiracy, health care fraud and controlled substance distribution, according to a press release issued by United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade.
"These defendants stole money from the Medicare and Medicaid programs, which are designed to provide health care and medicine to some of our most vulnerable citizens," McQuade said in the release. "Pharmacists and health care providers should be aware that we are scrutinizing records to detect and prosecute health care fraud."
Mcquade stated from January 2006 through August 2011, Babubhai Patel owned and controlled over 20 pharmacies in the metro Detroit area, turning a profit based on a large-scale health care fraud.
Investigators on the case included those from the DEA, the Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General and the FBI.