US Attorney Peter Strasser announced that 50 YO DONALD PETER AUZINE, JR. of Baton Rouge, and 45 YO BONNIE JEAN LAWLESS DIAZ of Slidell, were charged on December 11 with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and money laundering. According to the Indictment, Prime Pharmacy Solutions, was located in Slidell and operated as a primarily closed-door pharmacy that was in the business of mixing and filling prescriptions for compounded medications that were reimbursed by health care benefit programs. Between 2014 – 2016 the co-conspirators, acting on behalf of Prime, selected formulas for compounded medications, not based on scientific evaluations of effectiveness or individualized patient need, but rather, to maximize reimbursement from health care benefit programs. The scheme involved defrauding agencies of approximately $16 million dollars. If convicted, each defendant faces a possible maximum sentence of ten years’ imprisonment, up to three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.