Federal agents execute search warrant at Janesville's Kealey Pharmacy

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Gazette staff
Friday, March 28, 2014

JANESVILLE—Federal agents executed a search warrant at Kealey Pharmacy in downtown Janesville on Friday in a health care fraud case, a spokeswoman said.

“All we can really do at this point is confirm an on-site execution of a search warrant regarding alleged health care fraud as part of a joint investigation,” said a spokeswoman for the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services.

The spokeswoman, speaking from Washington, D.C., would give only her first name, Janna.

Asked for details, including whether there had been any arrests, Janna said she could not comment, which is “standard procedure” during investigations.

The Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General fights “waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare, Medicaid and more than 300 other HHS programs.” according to its website.

Myra Longfield, spokeswoman from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Wisconsin, said via email that the agents were executing a federal search warrant but she could offer no further information.

The agents were from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Longfield said.

Kealey Pharmacy's owner could not be reached for comment. The fact that a search warrant was executed does not necessarily mean the pharmacy or its employees are suspected of any wrongdoing.

Kealey Pharmacy & Home Care Service, 21 S. Jackson St., was closed during its normal hours of operation Friday. A recording on its telephone line said it would reopen at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Two men in civilian clothing were stationed near the door inside the pharmacy Friday afternoon. One of them—apparently an agent—said the agent in charge was there and would say the same thing he was saying, that questions should be addressed to the U.S. Attorney's office in Madison.

Kealey Pharmacy is a member of Health Mart, a nationwide network of independently owned pharmacies.

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