A Blue Bell pharmacist accused of billing Blue Cross for hundreds of prescriptions that were never filled has been denied admission to a pre-trial program for non-violent first-time offenders.
The ARD program, as it’s known, allows people to have their records cleared after they complete a probationary period. 60-year-old Carl Dean, who owns the Blue Bell Pharmacy on Route 202, is charged with insurance fraud, forgery and related offenses. His case now moves to trial in Montgomery County Court. He allegedly received more than $86,000 over four years for writing 874 fake prescriptions and submitting them to Independence Blue Cross for payment. Court documents say the prescriptions were in his name, his wife’s name and various children’s names from his pharmacy, and he also used the names of 13 doctors, who confirmed that the scripts were phony. No one else was charged, and all proceeds apparently went to support Blue Bell Pharmacy operations.