Craigslist sellers beware

You can find pretty much anything for sale on Craigslist — even prescription drugs. But if you try to sell prescription drugs, beware. You'll probably get caught.

Clinton Township police found an individual advertising Advair®, a prescription drug used for treating asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, on Craigslist. The police notified Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's Corporate Fraud Unit and asked for assistance in the investigation.

The investigation determined we had paid claims for prescriptions for Advair for a member of the seller's family. 

Undercover police officers posing as willing buyers made contact with the seller and negotiated a selling price. The parties met and completed a transaction. The seller was then arrested after police determined, with help from our Fraud Unit, the prescription had been obtained legally by one of the family members and then sold illegally by another family member. 

Court proceedings resulted in one family member pleading guilty to one count of the unlawful selling of prescribed drugs. The seller received one year of probation, a $500 fine and had to pay full restitution to us.

Members who suspect health care fraud are urged to call our Anti-Fraud Hotline at 1-800-482-3787, or report fraud through our website.