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Roy Katz (March 30, 2010)
Roy D. Katz
, 52, of Avon, also pleaded guilty in Superior Court in Hartford to two counts of fourth-degree vendor fraud, a misdemeanor.
received a two-year suspended sentence and three years' probation.
former business, RG Pharmacy Inc.
- the previous owner of The Medicine Shoppe
at 348 Main St. - illegally converted 30-day, 60-day and 90-day prescriptions into smaller, multiple prescriptions for seven days, according to state documents.
Katz, the former president of the Connecticut Pharmaceutical Association, directed employees to charge customers several additional dispensing fees per prescription from October 1999 to October 2007.
The total overcharges were estimated at $3.2 million.
The pharmacy has been under new ownership since February 2009.
The settlement also prohibits RG Pharmacy and Katz
from participating in any government health care program for at least seven years.
Generic pharmacy online: Auditor: Pharmacy, prescriber records on medications in conflict
DSS officials contend that the Manchester Pharmacy, formerly known as The Medicine Shoppe, and owner Roy D. Katz defrauded the state of more than $3.2 million over more than six years by breaking 30-day prescriptions down into seven-day units and charging a separate dispensing fee for each.
The dispensing fee is currently $3.15 per prescription.
Elkin's testimony came at an administrative hearing before a DSS
hearing officer at the department's headquarters on Sigourney Street in Hartford.
Department officials are seeking to have Katz
business, officially known as R.G. Pharmacy Inc.
, barred for a decade from providing goods or services under the Medicaid healthcare program for the poor or any other program run by DSS
Federal authorities also have expressed interest in the issue.
special agent has attended two days of the hearing, although he
didn't attend Tuesday.
lawyers have maintained throughout the controversy that he
had authorization from doctors and other prescribers to dispense the seven-day prescriptions through the pharmacy's so-called "med box" program.
129 Bridgewater Drive, Avon, CT Address Look Up - Courant.com
On May 14th, 2010, Roy and Gail Katz sold their home at 129 Bridgewater Drive in Avon, CT, to Steven Karlin and Patricia Sarant.
Roy D. Katz is a pharmacist and owner of Manchester Pharmacy in nearby Manchester.
Roy Kattz Bio - Connecticut Pharmacists Association
Roy Katz R.Ph. is a Registered Pharmacist and owner of The Manchester Pharmacy in Manchester, CT.Roy has a staff of 45 and provides award-winning service in the greater Hartford area.He graduated from Long Island University.During his 20 plus years in business he has been very active in community affairs.He was a past president of The Manchester-North Chapter of The American Cancer Society.He currently serves on several advisory boards including The Manchester Memorial Hospital Diabetes Program and The McKesson Pharmacy Systems computer panel.He enjoys providing pharmaceutical service to people and currently works closely with several hospice programs in the area.He makes his home in Avon, with his wife Gail, children Tracy and Daniel, and their Dachshund "Chippy".His favorites activities are boating, snorkeling, skiing, tennis and traveling the world.
Board of Directors and Executive Committee - Connecticut Pharmacists Association
Roy Katz, R.Ph.President