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Former pharmacist sentenced

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Former Terre Haute Prescription Shop owner John Love, Brazil, was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison Wednesday.

The sentence also included three years of supervised release.

According to officials with the United States Department of Justice, Love was charged with health care fraud and money laundering following an investigation by the Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, The Internal Revenue Service, The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller's Medicaid Fraud Enforcement Unit.

According to officials, the investigation concluded that on or about Jan. 1, 2006, continuing through September 2010, Love "used his position at the pharmacy to carry out a scheme to defraud the Indiana Medicaid Program."

Investigators alleged that Love "submitted claims to the Indiana Medicaid Program for prescriptions that were never given to patients. Love used his access and knowledge of the Terre Haute Prescription Shop computer system to input false prescriptions into the computer billing system, which would then bill the Indiana Medicaid Program for the fraudulent claim. As soon as the computer system submitted the claim for the prescription to the Indiana Medicaid Program, Love would access the computer system again and void the prescription before any other employee could notice a record for a prescription that was never filled or dispensed."

As part of the scheme, according to officials, Love allegedly billed the Indiana Medicaid Program for prescription drugs significantly in excess of what Terre Haute Prescription Shop had ever ordered. As a result of the alleged acts, the Indiana Medicaid Program paid Terre Haute Prescription Shop $3,575,699.73 for prescriptions that were never provided to patients.

Officials alleged Love used at least $3 million of the fraudulent proceeds to purchase, in whole or part, four parcels of real estate, 15 vehicles, a destination wedding for one of his children, and numerous other personal expenses.

During the investigation, federal authorities seized five Harley Davidson motorcycles, two sports cars (a Corvette and a Mustang), four sport utility vehicles, two pickup trucks, one four-wheeler RV and trailer, and funds from multiple bank accounts.

According to officials, Love has already sold two parcels of the property he owned. In addition, federal officials stated he had forfeited the rest of the real estate he owned, all of which counted toward restitution of the $3.5 million taken.

Officials stated Love faced a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Officials stated this was the largest criminal health care fraud case prosecuted in southern Indiana.

It was recommended that Love serve his sentence at the Terre Haute Federal Complex, or a facility close to Terre Haute. The Bureau of Prisons will make a determination at a later date.

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WOW! It is ridiculous that he only received 51 months for stealing $3.5 million dollars!

-- Posted by just thinking on Thu, Oct 6, 2011, at 10:15 AM

This makes me sick! I'm glad he and his family enjoyed over-indulgent lives on the backs of Medicaid patients! My sister is on Medicaid and has to "pick and choose" which expensive, non-covered prescriptions to fill on her meager social security income.

51 months is a slap in the face! Why not make him go to the homes of Medicaid recipients, look them in the eye and explain how he STOLE from them to purchase 15 vehicles, homes, and a wedding for his child?!!

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Oct 6, 2011, at 11:47 AM

And... his poor spouse had no clue...whatever. How about this.. he continues to work as a pharmacist in the prison system with every penny going to pay back the amount stolen. And what is the net worth of the ex-Mrs. Love? And, once Mr. love is out of jail, the un-employeed piece of crap will probably be approved for medicaid so we can take care of him the rest of his useless life!!!!!

-- Posted by Reealy!! on Thu, Oct 6, 2011, at 1:10 PM

Why wouldn't a (young man) do the same bury the money serve 51 mo. get out and dig up money and live high on the hog the rest of his life,we know they will never get the rest of money from him. I'll remember this when Hogstatt runs for election. This is sad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by clycogrl on Thu, Oct 6, 2011, at 2:39 PM

I don't think Dillenger, and Capone stole as much as this dirty rat.

-- Posted by reddevil on Thu, Oct 6, 2011, at 5:34 PM

In response to Emmes, I truly don't believe Mr Love stole from the Medicaid RECIPIENTS, do you?? I do, however, believe he stole from the multitude of hard-working taxpayers who spend their lives slaving so others can live a life of ease - free from the worry of paying their own bills. Think about that!

-- Posted by ab3811 on Thu, Oct 6, 2011, at 9:21 PM

In response to AB3811 - I don't need to think about it, because it's ridiculous.

A "life of ease", "free from the worry of paying their own bills"? Apparently, you've never been on the receiving end of Medicaid or Medicare. Pray you never are. Take the blinders off. Not all Medicaid recipients fall into your category.

Love's arrest was because of his direct involvement with scamming the Medicaid program. Thanks for letting a fellow "hard-working taxpayer" know who "funds" Medicaid - I thought they pulled the money out of their hind-ends.

No, I'm not a recipient of or affiliated with either Medicaid or Medicare.

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Oct 7, 2011, at 11:27 AM

Mr. Love, I'm so glad your Grandpa Dave isn't around to see what you've done to your life and how many others you have affected!!!!! Shame on you! In my opinion, you didn't get enough time to pay for your greed!! It's harder to be good than bad and you proved that theory correct didn't you!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Fri, Oct 7, 2011, at 12:04 PM

It is kind of hard to believe that his wife knew nothing about this . I mean seriously make that kind of money as a pharmacist ? If that is the case then sign me up . it makes me sick to think that someone could be so low as to steal like that . and then to spend it on all that he did . nice wonderful wedding for his kid ... 15 vehicles !!!!! oh pallleeeezzzzzzeeeee . he needs to get more time and pay every dime back . as should his now ex-wife . how conveniant .

-- Posted by piggie on Mon, Oct 10, 2011, at 12:24 AM

@ab3811, he DID indeed steal from Medicaid receipents. Because of low life people like Mr. Love, the costs for medicine go up and people who are receiving Medicaid and Medicare get less and less. I do not believe for one SECOND that his wife and family didn't know. I don't know doctors or lawyers or highly paid people who have 15 cars and five motorcycles plus all the extras he bestowed upon himself and his family. She knew. They knew. She kept her mouth shut and enjoyed it. They're all guilty, be he is the most despicable one of all of them. I agree that when he gets out he should be made to work and pay every penny back. But he'll get out of it and never pay a penny. Thats just how thiefs like Mr. Love work!

-- Posted by willylee1961 on Mon, Oct 10, 2011, at 3:15 PM

Yeah because all people who are on medicade and medicare live a life of ease.... ab3811 you are a small minded selfish idiot. This man hurt the tax payers and the people who use medicade or medicare by doing what he did.Many people who are on these programs are either children elderly or disabled. VERY FEW are crackhead drains.

-- Posted by petmonster on Mon, Oct 10, 2011, at 3:27 PM

You know his wife knew something was up with the extravagant lifestyle they were leading. I have it on good authority that she is the silent owner of the Hoosiers Pharmacy that is the new name for the old one pharmacy he owned. I heard with good behavior he can be out in 18 months and then will moving to the Cayman Islands.

-- Posted by Mrs. Positive on Mon, Oct 10, 2011, at 9:08 PM

Mrs. Positive, You are not so positive of your statements. I know that nothing in your last statement is true. Of that, I am positive!

-- Posted by Usually Quiet on Fri, Oct 14, 2011, at 10:16 AM

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