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February 28, 2012

“Capper” Who Recruited Fraud Participants from Sober Living Houses Pleads Guilty

Filed under: Los Angeles Criminal attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 4:07 am

LOS ANGELES – A “capper” accused of recruiting people from sober living houses – offering participants $50 for their insurance information for the purpose of seeking fraudulent prescriptions of opiate pills – pleaded guilty today, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Amy Suehiro of the Healthcare Fraud Division, Fraud Interdiction Program, said George Randolph, 63, of Los Angeles, pleaded to one count of felony insurance fraud and admitted two prior robbery convictions.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Horwitz immediately sentenced the defendant to four years in state prison.

“The increasing illegal sales and distribution of opiate-based pills is a great danger to the community and a burden on our healthcare system,” the prosecutor said.

Randolph recruited people from substance abuse sober living halfway houses by offering them $50 for their Medi-Cal and Medicare insurance information. With this information, the defendant obtained fraudulent prescriptions for oxymorfone narcotic opiate pills with a street value of $60 per pill.

The defendant was in possession of the illegal pills and a counterfeit prescription when he was arrested on Nov. 16, 2011.

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