Federal raid on Providence drug store

Federal raid on Providence drug store

There are 29 comments on the WPRI Providence and Rhode Island story from May 6, 2008, titled Federal raid on Providence drug store. In it, WPRI Providence and Rhode Island reports that:

Agents from several federal departs descended on Prime Drug on Cranston Street last night.

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joe e lewis

Providence, RI

#23 May 24, 2008
david morons like you should take as many pills as you can all at once and hottie your irrelevant
local doc

Saint Albans, VT

#24 May 30, 2008
No more having to ask each patient to check each bottle for right name/drug/quantity & refills each time.No more gross and dangerous errors.No more rudeness on the phone.No more.

Taunton, MA

#25 May 30, 2008
Elaina wrote:
Maria...thank you so much for your support. My grandfather loves his community and all of you. <quoted text>
Just because someone's a family man doesn't mean they're honest and law-abiding. The fictional characters in the Godfather and the Sopranos considered themselves family men.Breaking the law is breaking the law. IF they did something illegal --lock em up!

Taunton, MA

#26 May 30, 2008
Melanie wrote:
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People should not comment on what they know nothing about, my grandfather as well is being unjustly accused in this situation, I don't know the owners of Prime Drug, but I know my Grandfather and he is a family man!!!!
Just because someone is a familyman and takes care of his family does not mean he's ethical.Lots of people have NO idea what their family members actually do for a living...It's called denial.

Taunton, MA

#27 May 30, 2008
Have a great night!

Baltimore, MD

#28 Aug 14, 2008
First off I pray for all of you that have nothing better to do then to write these
hurt-full words. Remember no one is perfect and If you think you are look again at your lives and family. Also remember the ones that speak hurt-full things to others "God is listening"
Good Luck , your in my prays !!!!

Exton, PA

#29 Aug 7, 2010
No matter what anyone says....my family and I will ALWAYS support Carmine and his family for the work and support that the Prime Drug gave it's customers.
Maybe, if the HMO's stopped being so greedy, they could in some respects take a lesson and look out for the PEOPLE and not their bottom line.
My prayers are will all involved.

Essex Junction, VT

#30 Sep 18, 2013
"PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- A 74-year-old pharmacist was sentenced to a year in federal prison Thursday for illegally buying and selling prescription drugs and defrauding health insurers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

After prison, Carmine DeTomasis, of Cranston, must serve 18 months' home confinement, under the sentence imposed by Judge William E. Smith in U.S. District Court, Providence.

DeTomasis was also ordered to forfeit to the government $458,600 -- his health-care fraud proceeds -- and make restitution of $404,000 to health insurers, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Robert Clark Corrente's office.

He must do 500 hours of community service yearly while on home confinement, including working with HIV/AIDS patients and pharmacy students.

In November, DeTomasis admitted he bought prescription medications from Louis Romanelli and sold them to Romanelli, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. DeTomasis also submitted false reimbursement claims to health-insurance carriers for prescriptions the store had not dispensed.

Prosecutor Adi Goldstein said at the November plea hearing the government could show Romanelli went several times last year to Prime Drug, DeTomasis' store on Cranston Street in Providence, and sold DeTomasis prescription medications, often those used to treat HIV/AIDs. Romanelli also bought controlled substances such as hydrocodone from DeTomasis.

The pharmacy regularly billed insurance companies for more drugs than it had in its inventory, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

DeTomasis pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health-care fraud and misbrand drugs, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, distribution of controlled substances, and health-care fraud.

In September, Romanelli, 81, of Providence, pleaded guilty to more than a dozen charges in connection with illegal sale of prescription drugs and controlled substances. He is free on bond and awaits sentencing."

Middleboro, MA

#31 Jan 28, 2016
I was a tenant and a friend of carmine,Dominic, and junior. I lived above prime drug for 7 years. I closed the laundry mat for Dominic 3-4 nights a week. I never seen anything crooked or suspicious during my time there. They were like family. Great people who cared about their community and helped those in need. Dominic was always giving me a $20 to throw in my newborn then toddler's son's bank. MY toddler son could walk into prime drug and have anything he wanted. I regretted leaving but i had to because of a bad relationship..i ended up moving out of state. They were the best landlords,friends, and community leaders anyone could ask for. My son is 15 now and he had some of his best memories there and til this day he remembers Dominic and Carmine. If something did go on or happen that shouldn't have...doesn't take away from the fact that they were great people that just made bad decisions. Always gonna love them, and never forget what they did for me.

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