Whistleblower Takes Down CVS Caremark as Successor to Longs

Haroon Aziz, a former pharmacy technician for Longs, alleged he was fired by Longs when he exposed fraudulent billing practices. Longs was billing Medicaid on prescriptions that health insurance companies had already paid for. The ultimate settlement was $975,000. Amazingly, the Department of Justice declined to prosecute this because they did not have the resources. However, under the Whistleblower statutes, a claimant can prosecute the case on behalf of the government, which Mr. Aziz and his counsel did. He outlined his repeated contacts with Longs' management who allegedly told him to just be a good employee and do what he was told. Defendants in cases such as these can face federal and state fines of $10,000 for each act of fraud.