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Aiman Aryan, Government Center Pill Mill Pharmacist, Pleads Guilty

A

pharmacist

who ran a pill mill from the lobby of the Miami-Dade County

Government Center is pleading guilty for his

role in a $55 million medicare scam involving prescription pain

killers. Aiman Aryan will give up his pharmacist license and will be

sentenced to at least 10 years in prison. The feds will also seize

$1.8 million in frozen bank accounts belonging to Robert's Drug

Store, a chain of four pharmacies Aryan operates in Miami.

The

general merchandise sections of the stores have remained opened since

Aryan was arrested this past October. At the time, Miami-Dade

spokeswoman Suzy Trutie said the county attorney's office would

determine if Aryan's five-year $204,000 lease could be terminated

based on his criminal indictment. The way things are going for Aryan,

the drug store will probably shut down on its own before the county

gets around to bidding for a new pharmacy.


During a year long investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services zeroed in on a pair of pain clinic operators who were sending people to get fake prescriptions for oxycodone and oxymorphone from Hialeah physician Frank Ballesteros.

The patients filled their prescriptions at Aryan's pharmacies and another pharmacy in Plantation owned by another pharmacist in on the scheme.

Aryan, Ballesteros, and the pain clinic operators would split kickbacks they received from fraudulent medicare bills.

The feds say Aryan's pharmacies dispensed an average of 270 oxycodone and oxymorphone pills a day.

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Francisco Alvarado was born in Nicaragua and grew up in Miami, giving him unique insight into the Magic City and all its dark corners. An investigative reporter with a knack for uncovering corruption, Alvarado made his bones as a staff writer at Miami New Times and remains in dogged pursuit of the next juicy story.