Babak Bamdad, 42, of Hoboken, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree Medicaid fraud before state Superior Court Judge Kevin G. Callahan in Jersey City, state Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Riza Dagli said.
Callahan scheduled sentencing for July 28. Third-degree crimes carry a maximum sentence of five years in state prison and a criminal fine of up to $10,000.
In pleading guilty, Bamdad, a pharmacist in charge at Tucker Drugs at 1000 Washington St., admitted that between Jan. 1 and Oct. 9 of last year, he submitted claims to the Medicaid program for prescription drugs allegedly dispensed to Medicaid beneficiaries, even though the drugs were never dispensed. The claims were subsequently paid out by the Medicaid program.