Pharmacist in elder abuse case pleads guilty to fraud

Published 01-22-2019

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ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - Georgia prosecutors say a pharmacist charged in a scheme to exploit elderly and disabled adults in Albany and Macon has pleaded guilty.

State Attorney General Chris Carr tells news outlets that Paylow Pharmacy owner Perry Kirka pleaded guilty to identity fraud Friday. Carr says in a Tuesday statement that Kirka dispensed medications to Georgia Medicaid recipients and sought reimbursement without ensuring they received the prescriptions.

Kirka was one of four people indicted last year on racketeering and other charges in a case involving Miracle One Care Center Inc. Carr says the company operated unlicensed personal care homes throughout Georgia before closing in 2017.

Kirka was sentenced to five years on probation and ordered to pay $2 million in restitution. Kirka's attorney, Page Pate, says he never meant to exploit any residents.

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