Diaz was charged in a 16-count federal indictment alleging he was involved in scheme to defraud TRICARE out of millions of dollars. Those charges include fraud, conspiracy, conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance and destruction, alteration or falsification of records in a federal investigation.
Albert Diaz’s lawyer, John Colette, walking out of the courtroom didn’t want to make a full statement but said it was very upsetting.
Here’s 78-year-old Albert Diaz in schackles leaving the courthouse after being found guilty on all 16 counts for his involvement in a multi-million dollar compound pharmacy fraud scheme, that went through Advantage Pharmacy in Hattiesburgz. pic.twitter.com/MoEAdSAV8k— Melissa Egan (@_MelissaEgan) March 3, 2018
[Diaz Trial] Here’s how both sides started closing arguments to the jury:— Melissa Egan (@_MelissaEgan) March 2, 2018
Government: “Fraud, Ketamine and a cover-up, that’s what this case is about.”
Defense: “It’s about corruption and greed of many, many people.” pic.twitter.com/BJg8FSXfuu
Over four days of testimony, prosecutors have argued Diaz prescribed unnecessary compounded medications, some of which include ketamine, to patients without first examining them.
Diaz has maintained his innocence, claiming he never knew about the scheme to defraud the government.
“The Millionaire Club” - Here’s a breakdown the defense presented about who got the money in the scheme and how much - continues to try to hammer on the fact Dr. Diaz did not get any. pic.twitter.com/XaZBkjd7yl— Melissa Egan (@_MelissaEgan) March 2, 2018
The prosecution started its closing arguments by saying the case was about “fraud, ketamine and a cover-up.” The defense said the case is about “corruption and greed of many, many people.”
WDAM reporter Melissa Egan has been in the courtroom all day. Follow her on Twitter here for the latest details.