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Thursday, July 13, 2017 3:23 pm

Doctor, pharmacists indicted in health-fraud case

Frank Gray | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne doctor and two local pharmacists have been indicted on 10 counts of conspiracy, distributing a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

It was part of a nationwide law enforcement push that netted more than 400 arrests in an attempt to fight the national opioid crisis, top federal officials announced today.

Dr. James E. Ranochak and pharmacists Brent A. Losier and Charles H. Ringger were named in a federal indictment issued in June and unsealed this week.

The indictment says the three operated out of the North Anthony Pharmacy and Wellness Center at 3533 N. Anthony Blvd. Ranochak's practice was based in the pharmacy.

The local men were among 15 individuals and two companies in Indiana who were indicted in what the Indiana attorney general called the largest health care fraud takedown in U.S. history.

Nationally, false billing totaled about $1.3 billion, federal officials said. No local fraud amount was available today.

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