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Collier County man gets six years for health care fraud

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  • | 2:43 p.m. June 10, 2015
  • Charlotte–Lee–Collier
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NAPLES -- Adam Parrish will spend the next six years in federal prison after pleading guilty to crimes associated with an attempt to defraud the government's health care system.

Parrish, of Naples, admits he tried to defraud the federal health care benefit programs out of more than $350,000. Parrish and others used Sunshine Pharmacy and Sunshine Solutions in Naples to help get the money by submitting claim reimbursements to Medicaid, Medicare and Tricare programs.

Those prescriptions, prosecutors say, were not filled, or provided to beneficiaries of the plans. In fact, many of those beneficiaries were dead, or didn't know they were even enrolled in the programs.

Parrish also admitted to unlawfully using names of three federal health care beneficiaries to commit health care fraud, as well as two different doctors' registration numbers with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to get prescriptions in Collier County.

Parrish was charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, aggravated identity theft and improperly using a DEA registration number.

Two other people who worked with him, Delmer Parrish and Patricia Parrish, were sentenced in April 2014. Delmer Parrish was a licensed pharmacist and owner of Sunshine Pharmacy, and was forced to surrender his pharmacy license and serve two years in prison.

Patricia Parrish, Delmer Parrish's mother, was sentenced to house arrest for 120 days, followed by three years probation. All three were ordered to make more than $350,000 in restitution.


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