Man Shot by Fake Cops Accused of Big-Time Medicaid Fraud
He fought back, and another man ran from the Charger to begin beating him with a baseball bat. One of the attackers shot him twice, put a gun against his head, and squeezed the trigger. Luckily for Magnum, the gun was out of bullets.
Action-movie stuff. But what the Herald's account missed- Paul Magnum's criminal record- suggests that there's much more to this story. In 2006, the pharmacy-owner was charged with defrauding the Florida Medicaid program out of nearly $250,000 by billing the government for prescriptions he never actually filled. He's set to enter a plea on the charges of organized fraud and first-degree grand theft in September.
That wasn't his first run-in with the law. In 2003, he was charged with false imprisonment, battery, and kidnapping. The felony charges were dropped three years later.
Riptide is certainly intrigued, and we'll keep you posted as we find out more.