Pharmacy Operators Charged in $33 Million Conspiracy
Pharmacy executives William B. Welwart and Ethan B. Welwart as well as pharmacist Gary Kaczka have been charged in a 22-count indictment with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, and health care fraud. William and Ethan Welwart face additional charges. They allegedly worked with marketing companies to generate medically unnecessary prescriptions through a telemarketing and telemedicine scheme. The marketing companies identified Medicare and TRICARE beneficiaries to target for expensive drugs and contacted the beneficiaries by telephone to pressure them to agree to try expensive medications, such as pain creams, scar creams, eczema creams, and migraine medication. Read a story from NJ.com and a Department of Justice press release.