COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Patricia Parrish was back to work at Sunshine Pharmacy Wednesday morning, less than a day after being released from jail on bond.
Parrish, 73, and her son, Delmer Parrish, 44 were arrested yesterday for health care fraud. They are accused of billing Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE for prescriptions they allegedly never filled.
WINK News approached Patricia Parrish for a response to the charges as she left her office on a break. She did not respond to questions and drove away in her car.
As part of her terms of release from jail, Parrish is allowed to return to work at the pharmacy but cannot do any billing. Her son cannot leave home, unless for work, and in that case he cannot work as a pharmacist.
Employees at Sunshine Pharmacy also declined to comment, but some customers reacted to the charges.
"They appear to be nice people but you can't profile," said Tom Simoncic, a customer. "You never know what's in people's minds. I just hate to see people take advantage of these programs because we're all going to pay for it."
If convicted of their charges, both Patricia and Delmer Parrish face up to 10 years in federal prison.