Naples Couple Arrested and Charged in Drug Diversion Scheme

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Posted at 9:17 AM, Mar 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-31 09:33:28-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WWSB) -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced Thursday that a Naples couple was arrested in connection with a drug diversion scheme fueled by Medicaid fraud.

According to investigators, Francisco Calderon, 53, and his wife Zulima Calderon, 51, trafficked more than $3.9 million of contraband prescription drugs between 2005 and 2013.

The couple allegedly used their Florida-based corporation, All Technician Specialty, Inc. to launder money from the sales of contraband pharmaceuticals.

They used the illegal profits to purchase homes in Naples and Miramar for hundreds of thousands of dollars each. The properties have since been seized.

The Calderons each face one count of trafficking in contraband prescription drugs, Medicaid fraud, organized scheme to defraud and money laundering. Each first-degree felony is punishable up to 30 years in prison.