A West Hartford resident was arrested today and charged with scheming with a former doctor and others to obtain prescription drugs that were paid for by the government’s Medicaid health program and then sold illegally on the streets.
LEE PROBULIS, age 44, of Park Road in West Hartford, is the ninth person arrested as a result of an investigation conducted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney. Two people have been convicted and more arrests are expected.
Probulis was charged with one count each of Conspiracy To Unlawfully Obtain A Controlled Substance and Conspiracy To Make A False Prescription, unclassified felonies each punishable by up to 5 years in prison, and Conspiracy To Distribute A Controlled Substance, a unclassified felony punishable by up to 7 years in prison.
The charges against Probulis are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Probulis participated in a scheme in which Richard Luzietti, a former physician from Plainville, wrote her a prescription for controlled substances. The prescription was filled at a pharmacy and billed to Medicaid and the drugs then sold to Cyril Pham, who along with Luzietti allegedly sold them illegally on the street, the warrant alleges.
Luzietti was convicted last August. Pham was arrested on May 2, 2013.
Probulis was released on a $5,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear on New Britain Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, on August 1, 2013.
The case is being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in the Office of the Chief State's Attorney. The unit is grateful for the assistance it received from the Wethersfield and West Hartford Police Departments, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the Office Of Inspector General in the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Drug Control Division of the State of Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.