Pharmacy Owner In Painkiller Fraud Case Remains In Jail Until Trial

DETROIT (WWJ) – A judge, concerned about cash sent overseas… refused to release a 49-year-old Canton Township pharmacy owner who is charged with leading a multimillion-dollar fraud ring involving prescription painkillers.

“Bob” Patel was ordered Friday by U.S. District Judge Arthur Tarnow to remain in jail until trial.

Patel, a native of India, is accused of defrauding Medicare and Medicaid of $60-million for painkillers that weren’t necessary, or… in some cases, never even provided.  He allegedly wired roughly $500,000 to banks in India over the last six months.

  • Mauricio Palacios

    The owner of a family pharmacy in Catoosa said his store was burglarized early Friday morning.

    Adam Lesher said someone broke into the Catoosa Family Pharmacy on Highway 66 about 3 a.m. Friday and took Lortab. Lesher said he believes the suspect is a customer.

  • raju

    Kick this guy out of this country.

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