Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
December 7, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
Two Arrested in Connection to Drug Diversion SchemeTALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Miami-Dade Police Department today announced the arrest of two South Florida residents in connection to a multimillion dollar drug diversion scheme fueled by Medicaid fraud. Amneris Lopez, 38, allegedly used her corporation, World Med, Inc., to traffic more than $3 million of diverted pharmaceuticals between 2011 and 2013. Ramon Hernandez, 32, allegedly laundered money derived from these black market sales of contraband prescription drugs on behalf of Lopez.
According to the investigation, Lopez used her Florida-based corporation to sell pharmaceuticals to a company based in Georgia, where World Med possessed a license. World Med did not have a pharmaceutical wholesale license in Florida. The majority of the pharmaceuticals were purchased from unlicensed suppliers in Miami, who sourced the drugs from Medicaid recipients. Hernandez allegedly received money from Lopez and ran the funds through his bank accounts before forwarding it to a supplier.
Lopez faces one count of trafficking in contraband prescription drugs, one count of conspiracy to traffic in contraband prescription drugs, two counts of Medicaid fraud, one count of organized scheme to defraud, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and two counts of money laundering. Hernandez is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution is prosecuting the case. The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigated the case.
Hernandez and Lopez are the 34th and 35th persons charged or convicted since 2010 by the Attorney General’s task force targeting Medicaid-related drug diversion. Since 2010, the task force seized more than $9 million in cash and property and removed more than $7 million of contraband pharmaceuticals off the streets.