NAPLES — Federal prosecutors charged entrepreneurs Delmer Parrish, 44, and Patricia Parrish, 73, for conspiring to commit health care fraud through their Naples-based companies, Sunshine Pharmacy and Sunshine Solutions Pharmacy.
The Parrishes were indicted as part of a nationwide effort by the federal government charging 89 people with allegations of Medicare fraud. Medicare is the government-run the health insurance program for older people.
According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's office, the Parrishes allegedly filed fraudulent claims for payment from Medicare, Medicaid (the state's health insurance program for lower-income people) and Tricare (the health insurance program for military veterans). The government alleges that prescriptions were not authorized and not filled by either pharmacy.
The Parrishes built a network of retail pharmacies in the Naples area and wholesale prescription-drug distribution to assisted-living facilities throughout the Gulf Coast. In addition, Sunshine sold home medical equipment.
Sunshine Pharmacy was the subject of a profile in the Business Observer in 2009.