Naples pharmacy owners sentenced for fraud

CREATED Mar 31, 2014

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FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Naples mother and son were sentenced today for health care fraud by a federal judge.

United States District Judge John E. Steele sentenced 44-year-old Delmer Holmes Parrish and 74-year Patricia Parrish.

Delmer Parrish, a pharmacist, received two years in federal prison.  Patricia Parrish was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. 

Both were also ordered to pay restitution to the United States in the amount of $351,358.14, the proceeds of the crime. Pursuant to their agreement, this amount was paid in full, immediately following the sentencing.  As part of the plea agreement, Delmer Holmes Parrish also permanently relinquished his Pharmacist License to the State of Florida.

According to court documents, the two took part in a conspiracy beginning in or around February 2009 through July 2012, to steal federal health care benefit programs out of more than $350,000.

Both, along with others, used Sunshine Pharmacy and Sunshine Solutions to steal from the government through submitting false claims to Medicaid, Medicare and TRICARE programs.