Score:   1
Docket Number:   MD-FL  8:19-cr-00426
Case Name:   USA v. Truong
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Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces a significant health care fraud and opioid enforcement operation across the Middle District of Florida, involving charges against seven individuals for their alleged involvement in various schemes to defraud Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal health care benefit programs, and in various conspiracies to illicitly obtain and distribute oxycodone and other controlled substances. 

Among those charged in partnership with the Justice Department’s Medicare Fraud Strike Force are the following:

          United States v. Teresa Johnson

Teresa Johnson (53, Lecanto) is charged in a one-count Information with conspiracy to commit health care fraud. She faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. According to the Information, from November 2016 through October 2018, Johnson owned and operated Tri-County Medical Billing and submitted false and fraudulent claims to Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, and ChampVA, on behalf of a medical doctor who owned clinics in Crystal River, Spring Hill, and Celebration, Florida. The case is being investigated by the Health and Human Services - Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), the FBI, the Department of Defense - Office of Inspector General (DoD-OIG), the Department of Veterans’ Affairs - Office of Inspector General (VA-OIG), and the Florida Office of Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU). The case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelley Howard-Allen.

          United States v. Hong Truong

Hong Truong (54, Dunedin) is charged in a 16-count indictment with conspiracy to unlawfully distribute and dispense Schedule II controlled substances, unlawful distribution and dispensing of Schedule II controlled substances, and using a place for unlawful drug distribution of the Schedule II controlled substances oxycodone 30 mg and hydromorphone 8mg in return for cash. Truong faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each of the counts. According to the indictment, Truong is a licensed pharmacist who owned and operated HP Pharmacy in Pinellas Park. From May 2015 through August 2016, Truong used her pharmacy to distribute and dispense Schedule II controlled substance prescriptions outside the scope of usual professional practice and for no legitimate medical purpose. This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kelley Howard-Allen and Greg Pizzo.

          United States v. Jessica Evans

Jessica Evans (34, St. Petersburg) is charged by Information with conspiracy to unlawfully distribute and dispense the Schedule II controlled substances oxycodone, methadone, and hydromorphone using forged and fraudulent prescriptions. Evans, who worked as a pharmacy technician at HP Pharmacy, faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. This case was investigated by the DEA and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kelley Howard-Allen and Greg Pizzo.

          United States v. Lucretia Mullan

Lucretia Mullan (34, St. Petersburg) is charged by Information with conspiracy to unlawfully distribute and dispense the Schedule II controlled substances oxycodone, methadone, and hydromorphone using forged and fraudulent prescriptions. She faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. Mullan was employed as a medical assistant at a pain management clinic where she generated the fraudulent opiate prescriptions. This case was investigated by the DEA and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kelley Howard-Allen and Greg Pizzo.

          United States v. Robin Lloyd

Robin Lloyd (37, St. Petersburg) is charged by Information with conspiracy to unlawfully distribute and dispense the Schedule II controlled substances oxycodone, methadone, and hydromorphone using forged and fraudulent prescriptions. She faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. Lloyd was employed as a medical assistant at a pain management clinic where she generated the fraudulent opiate prescriptions. This case was investigated by the DEA and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kelley Howard-Allen and Greg Pizzo.

          United States v. Patrice Jackson

Patrice Jackson (37, Bradenton) is charged by Information with conspiracy to unlawfully distribute the Schedule II controlled substances oxycodone, methadone, and hydromorphone using forged and fraudulent prescriptions. Shen faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. Jackson obtained the fraudulent opiate prescriptions from Mullan and Lloyd and then obtained the Schedule II controlled substances from Truong and Evans at HP Pharmacy for distribution. This case was investigated by the DEA and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kelley Howard-Allen and Greg Pizzo.

          United States v. Marcus Anderson

Marcus Anderson (34, St. Petersburg) is charged in a 13-count indictment with health care fraud and aggravated identity theft for stealing rendering providers’ identities to submit more than $1.2 million in false and fraudulent claims to Medicaid. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison for each of the seven health care fraud counts and a consecutive two years in prison for the six aggravated identity counts. The case is being investigated by HHS-OIG, the Florida Office of Attorney General/MFCU, and the St. Petersburg Police Department. This case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristen A. Fiore.

An indictment and information are merely formal charges that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

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Description: The fiscal year of the data file obtained from the AOUSC
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Description: The code of the federal judicial circuit where the case was located
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Description: The code of the federal judicial district where the case was located
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Description: The code of the district office where the case was located
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Description: Docket number assigned by the district to the case
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Description: A unique number assigned to each defendant in a case which cannot be modified by the court
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Description: A unique number assigned to each defendant in a case which can be modified by the court
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Description: A sequential number indicating whether a case is an original proceeding or a reopen
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Description: Case type associated with the current defendant record
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Description: A concatenation of district, office, docket number, case type, defendant number, and reopen sequence number
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Description: The status of the defendant as assigned by the AOUSC
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Description: A code indicating the fugitive status of a defendant
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Description: The date upon which a defendant became a fugitive
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Description: The date upon which a fugitive defendant was taken into custody
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Description: The date when a case was first docketed in the district court
Format: YYYYMMDD

Description: The date upon which proceedings in a case commenced on charges pending in the district court where the defendant appeared, or the date of the defendant’s felony-waiver of indictment
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Description: A code used to identify the nature of the proceeding
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Description: The date when a defendant first appeared before a judicial officer in the district court where a charge was pending
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Description: A code indicating the event by which a defendant appeared before a judicial officer in the district court where a charge was pending
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Description: The four digit D2 offense code associated with FTITLE1
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Description: A code indicating the severity associated with FTITLE1
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Description: The title and section of the U.S. Code applicable to the offense committed which carried the second highest severity
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Description: A code indicating the level of offense associated with FTITLE2
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Description: The four digit AO offense code associated with FTITLE2
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Description: The four digit D2 offense code associated with FTITLE2
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Description: A code indicating the severity associated with FTITLE2
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Description: The title and section of the U.S. Code applicable to the offense committed which carried the third highest severity
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Description: The four digit AO offense code associated with FTITLE3
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Description: The four digit D2 offense code associated with FTITLE3
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Description: A count of defendants terminated excluding interdistrict transfers
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Description: A sequential number indicating the iteration of the defendant record
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