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November 16, 2012

3rd Suspect Indicted in $7-Million Charity Drug Fraud Case

A New Jersey woman was charged in federal court Thursday with taking part in an alleged scheme to divert and resell some $7-million worth of HIV and cancer medications donated by a pharmaceutical firm to treat low-income patients, The Star-Ledger writes. Lateefah McKenzie Body, 34, of Linden, is the third person indicted in the case, in which the two other defendants entered guilty pleas Tuesday.

Prosecutors say the defendants used their positions as customer-service representatives at a private company that administered the drug-donation program to enter phony orders and dispatch the medications to private addresses with the intent of reselling the medications for a profit.