U.S. Attorney's Office
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March 19, 2015

Philadelphia Man Charged in Prescription Fraud Scheme

PHILADELPHIA—Raymond Rysheem E. Starr, 21, of Philadelphia, PA was charged today by indictment with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of oxycodone, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.

According to the indictment, Starr obtained identifying information and Keystone First account information of a Medicaid beneficiary and used that information to visit a physician and obtain prescriptions for oxycodone, cyclobenzaprine and ibuprofen. Because there was no co-pay, the pharmacies sent claims for payment to Keystone First which paid the pharmacies.

If convicted, Starr faces a maximum possible sentence of 11 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $500,000.

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, United States Secret Service and Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the Philadelphia Police Department, Springfield Township, Montgomery County Police Department, Abington Police Department and the Bensalem Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys K.T. Newton and Yvonne Osirim.

An Indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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