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Women admit defrauding charity of $7 million in HIV, cancer meds

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Two New Jersey women admitted today that they defrauded a charity out of more than $7 million in donated HIV and cancer medication using their access to a company hired to administer the program.

Keisha Jackson, 47, of Perth Amboy, N.J., and Jameshia Bryant, 26, of South River, N.J., said they conspired with a third woman, 34-year-old Lateefah McKenzie Body of Linden to have millions of dollars of FDA-approved prescription medicine targeted for those who can’t afford it shipped to different addresses.

All three were employed at various times as customer service representatives at a corporation hired to provide administrative support in operating the donated medicines program, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said.

They were responsible for receiving applications for the program, entering the applications into the computer system, and using the computer system to deliver the donated medicines to the physicians of patients who met the program’s criteria.

Instead, more than 600 orders were initially diverted Jackson’s home and other addresses, Fishman said.

After Body last her job, Bryant took over, diverting 950 bogus orders, he said.

The drugs were then resold at a profit, the U.S. Attorney said.

Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 20 for Bryant and the next day for Jackson.

Handling the case are Senior Litigation Counsel Andrew Leven and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacob T. Elberg, deputy chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Health Care and Government Fraud Unit.

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