A Brooklyn man has been charged with allegedly running an $800,000 fraud out of a Williamsburg pharmacy.
The Brooklyn District Attorney's office collected evidence over a two-year investigation that included undercover sting operations using hidden cameras.
They say that 41-year-old Aleksandr Ilyayev billed the federal government for HIV medication that he either only partially handed out or, in some cases, never dispensed at all.
Patients were allegedly given kickbacks in the form of cash and MetroCards.
"When you steal from programs which are funded by taxpayer dollars, such as public assistance and Medicaid or Medicare, we're going to commit whatever resources it takes to build a case against you and to prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law," said Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes.
"Billing the medicaid program for prescription medications that were never or only partially dispensed is an egregious crime that threatens taxpayers' trust in a program that was designed to help people in need," said Robert Doar, commissioner of the city's Human Resources Administration.
Ilyayev is being charged with health care fraud, grand larceny and falsifying business records.
He faces 15 years in prison if convicted.