Brooklyn Pharmacist Gets 1 - 3 Years In Prison For Selling Drugs To Dealers
Attorney General Spitzer today announced that a Brooklyn pharmacist who took part in a "pill mill" scheme that funneled tens of thousands of pills, including powerful narcotics and barbiturates, to street-level drug dealers has been sentenced to one to three years in prison.
Appearing yesterday in Brooklyn Supreme Court before Justice Sheldon Greenberg, Mudassir Ali Khan, the owner and sole pharmacist of the now-defunct SSS Pharmacy on Foster Avenue, was immediately taken to prison.
Khan was arrested in August 1998 for selling over 60,000 pills, including the powerful painkiller Percocet and the sleeping pills Seconal and Tuinal, to street-level dealers in exchange for cash.
To cover up the phony drug sales, Khan enlisted the aid of Dr. Lloyd Bayme, a Brooklyn internist, to write thousands of phony prescriptions.
Attorney General Spitzer said, "By illegally diverting prescription drugs from the legitimate market to the black market, the defendant not only betrayed his sworn duty as a licensed pharmacist, but helped fuel the drug habits of scores of street-level addicts. I hope this investigation and prosecution by my Medicaid Fraud Control Unit sends a clear and strong message to others who are tempted to break the law to line their own pockets: We will aggressively prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law."
Khan, who was arrested with Bayme following a yearlong undercover probe, pleaded guilty to Conspiracy in the Second Degree in May 1999.
Bayme, 58, of 28 South Lake in Long Branch, New Jersey, pleaded guilty to Criminal Sale of a Prescription for a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree in April 1999. Bayme was sentenced in June 1999 to 5 years' probation, and ordered to pay a fine of $40,000 and to perform one day of community service every week for five years.
Khan, 53, lives at 557 Buchanan Avenue in Staten Island. SSS Pharmacy, Inc., which did business as Ocean Foster Pharmacy, was located at 621 Foster Avenue in Brooklyn.
The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Robert J. Goldstein, of the New York City Regional Office of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. All cases are handled under the direct supervision of Deputy Attorney General Jos? Maldonado.