Seven charged for roles in a $110 million compound drug scheme

U.S. Attorney’s Office – Southern District of Texas, June 17, 2021

McALLEN, Texas – A compound pharmacy owner, three marketers, a referring physician and two clinic office staff have been taken into custody in connection with a multi-million-dollar health care fraud and kickback scheme, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.

A federal grand jury sitting in McAllen returned a 15-count indictment charging John Ageudo Rodriguez, 51, Mohammad Imtiaz Chowdhury, 40, his father Dr. Tajul Shams Chowdhury, 71, and Alex Flores Jr., 51, all of McAllen; Hector DeLaCruz, Jr., 50, Edinburg; Araceli Gaona, 35, Mission; and Erika Hernandez Salinas, 38, Donna.

All are expected to have their initial appearances tomorrow before U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Scott Hacker.

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