HICKSVILLE, NY — A licensed pharmacist from Hicksville was among numerous people swept up in a crackdown on health care fraud, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Nisha Diler was charged in Brooklyn federal court with conspiring to commit health care fraud and subscribing a false tax return. She pleaded guilty to the information Sept. 16.
Diler held herself out as the supervising pharmacist at New Moon Pharmacy in Queens as part of the scheme, prosecutors said. She did not work at the pharmacy and received kickbacks from the pharmacy owner, authorities said. Diler then under-reported the income on her taxes.
Between 2016 and 2019, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursed the pharmacy about $3 million for pharmaceutical claims. New Moon dispensed prescription drugs — including large amounts of Oxycodone — when the pharmacy did not employ a full-time licensed pharmacist, prosecutors said. The pharmacy paid Diler even though she visited sporadically.