A 63-year-old Santa Ana pharmacy owner was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for bilking the state and Orange County out of nearly $2 million.

Divina Villacarlos Catalasan of Cypress pleaded guilty May 14 to three felony counts each of making a fraudulent claim for a health benefit and grand theft with sentencing enhancements for white-collar crime exceeding $500,000.

Catalasan was the owner of the Quality Care Pharmacy at 2413 S. Fairview St. in Santa Ana at the time of her arrest.

An audit showed that Catalasan fraudulently overbilled Medi-Cal and CalOptima, Orange County’s insurance program for the needy, for $1,168,585.06 and Medicare for $687,940.52 for a total of $1,856,525.58, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

Catalasan operated a “complex and secretive scheme” that bilked Medi-Cal, Medicare and Cal Optima, Deputy Attorney General Ryan Scott said in court papers.

An audit of financial records from January 2011 through July 2015 showed Catalasan received $1.8 million from the government health programs through “fraudulent claims she submitted for purportedly supplying prescription drugs to Medicare and MediCal recipients,” investigator Ernesto Cambrone said in court papers.

“The funds she stole were deposited and intermingled in her personal and business bank accounts,” Cambrone said in a court motion seeking to analyze any money Catalasan posted for bail to determine if it came from the criminal behavior.

The pharmacy’s clientele consisted of residents of 40 board and care facilities throughout Southern California, according to prosecutors.

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