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Pharmacy owner and accountant indicted in $134M health care fraud scheme

U.S. Attorney’s Office – Southern District of Texas, March 9, 2021

HOUSTON – Two Houston area men are now in custody on charges of conspiracy to commit health care fraud relating to a pharmacy fraud scheme, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer Lowery.

Authorities arrested Mohamed Mokbel, 56, and Fathy Elsafty, 62, both of Houston, today. They are expected to make their initial appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Edison at 2 p.m.

The eight-count indictment alleges Mokbel is the owner of several Houston area pharmacies, while Elsafty is his accountant.

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