Thursday, August 27, 2009

Penn. pharmacy owned by party-loving priest Gregory Malia faces fraud investigation

From the New York Daily News-

Fraud investigators raided the Pennsylvania pharmacy owned by a party-loving priest who made a name for himself in New York's nightclubs.

Gregory Malia is already in trouble with the law after a dustup with his daughter at a bar - and with his church, which has suspended him.

Adding to his woes, agents from the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Insurance Fraud Division executed sealed search warrants at New Life Home Healthcare this week, spokesman Kevin Harley said Wednesday.

Harley would not say why probers are looking at the pharmacy - which caters to hemophiliacs - but it's being sued by Blue Cross for allegedly improper billing.

Calls to the pharmacy were not returned. Malia, 44, is listed as New Life's president and CEO.
He's a notorious figure in clubland, where he was known for spending tens of thousands during late-night jaunts.

After the Daily News reported on his big-tipping, champagne-swilling sprees, the Diocese of Bethlehem Episcopal Church removed him from his priestly duties.

In July, he was arrested for pulling a gun when his daughter and a galpal got into a fight at a bar. Diocese officials have given him six months to clean up his act or face defrocking.

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