US Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas, Aug. 2, 2022

HOUSTON – Two Houston area men face new charges in nationwide pharmacy health care fraud scheme that targeted elderly citizens, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.

Mohamed Mokbel, 57, and Fathy Elsafty, 63, both of Houston, are expected to make their initial appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge Yvonne Ho today at 2 p.m.

The 18-count superseding indictment, returned July 20, alleges that from 2013 to 2022, Mokbel and ElSafty conspired to commit a $150 million mail fraud and health care fraud scheme and engaged in money laundering with the fraud proceeds. Mokbel is also alleged to have continued the fraud scheme at MK Pharmacy, a Houston area pharmacy, from April 2021 through January 2022. During this time, he had been permitted release on bond after the return of the original indictment in March 2021.

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