top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon

French pharmacist accused of €18million Covid test fraud

The 46-year-old, who is head of several pharmacies across Paris, submitted invoices claiming to have sold more than three million more tests than he actually had

A pharmacist wearing a white coat stands with his back to the camera surrounded by medicine on shelves

The pharmacist stands accused of attempting to embezzle millions of euros for tests that were not actually sold Pic: Wavebreakmedia / Shutterstock

A pharmacist in France is under police investigation after being accused of embezzling €18million from the state by issuing fake invoices for Covid tests.

The 46-year-old was indicted and placed in pre-trial detention pending further investigation since December 2021. He is accused of declaring fake orders of tests to the Caisse primaire d'assurance maladie (Cpam).

As a pharmacist and head of several pharmacies across Paris, the man was legally entitled to supply antigen tests to health professionals.

But he now stands accused of making false order forms for reimbursement and for having falsely claimed to have sold millions of antigen tests.

He claimed to have sold 3,129,158 more tests than he actually had, reports Le Parisien.

He is suspected of embezzling €18million between September 14 and December 9, 2021, and risks being charged with  "organised fraud", "organised money laundering" and "forgery and use of forgeries".

In addition, €800,000 in cash was discovered in one of his pharmacies.

The Paris Cpam raised the alarm when his actions sparked suspicion and made a formal complaint early last month. The case has now been passed to the police department the Brigade de répression de la délinquance astucieuse.

Another practitioner suspected of the same crime [of up to 4 million euros] was also placed in detention in December, but released early this month.

Investigations continue, and it is thought that the large-scale fraud could also implicate other pharmacists.

Related articles

Bordeaux producer sentenced to prison for wine mixing and label fraud 

Pharmacists in France allowed to renew and adjust repeat prescriptions 

Pharmacies get greater freedoms 

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Healthcare in France*
Featured Help Guide
- Understand the French healthcare system, how you access it and how you are reimbursed - Useful if you are new to the French healthcare system or want a more in-depth understanding - Reader question and answer section Aimed at non-French nationals living here, the guide gives an overview of what you are (and are not) covered for. There is also information for second-home owners and regular visitors.
Get news, views and information from France
You have 2 free subscriber articles left
Subscribe now to read unlimited articles and exclusive content
Already a subscriber? Log in now