Female White-Collar Crime Divas-Mordern Day Thieves
According to records, Ms. Hollier was a major player in an illegal drug ring. She owned and operated Urban Independent Pharmacy and through her partnership with owner and operator Dr. Nicolas Alfonso Padron, of Padron Wellness Clinic they preyed on the poor and homeless.
Their scheme was so elaborate they hired workers in their late 50’s and early 60’s who operated as dealers, recruiting “patients,” often from homeless shelters, and drove them in groups to Padron’s clinic. The clinic operated not as a legitimate medical facility, but as a place to unlawfully obtain controlled substances, such as hydrocodone. The operation charged cash only for office visits in which Dr. Padron would do little to no physical examination and prescribe a “cocktail” of controlled substances, including hydrocodone, a Schedule II controlled substance and alprazolam, a Schedule IV controlled substance. Generally, they charged $250 for a new patient office visit and $185 for an established patient visit.
The dealers set appointments and brought in multiple patients at a time. The dealers escorted the patients into the clinic, coordinated the cash for the patients they brought. Dr. Padron would see two or more patients at a time in one exam room. Patient visits were short and they left with a 30-day prescription of 120 pills of hydrocodone and 30-90 units of alprazolam. Most of the patients were diagnosed by Dr. Padron with lower back pain and anxiety, without regard of their true condition. These prescriptions were medically unnecessary and outside the scope of the doctor’s professional practice.
Dr. Padron ’s staff faxed prescriptions for the controlled substances to Ms. Hollier. The dealers then drove the patients to Ms. Hollier pharmacy to get the prescription filled. This was done in groups and Ms.Hollier had large amounts of hydrocodone and alprazolam in pre-filled bottles ready each day to handle the large groups of dealers and their patients. These dealers furnished the money to pay for the narcotics. Sometimes they paid Ms. Hollier directly for the prescriptions. After Ms. Hollier filled the prescriptions, the patients would give the dealers the pills that they would sell on the street for a profit. [Wow!]
Dr. Pardon was found guilty of conspiracy to commit health care fraud stemming from his role as medical director of A Medical House Calls, a physician house-call company. Dr. Padron was sentenced in March 2014 to 57 months in federal prison, and he was ordered to pay nearly $9.5 million in restitution to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
There is no way small time street dealers are raking in money like this . . . and guess what? They aren’t the only one.
Wouldn’t it be interesting to learn more about how Ms. Hollier, a professional licensed pharmacy got involved in this?
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