Manhattan Woman Nabbed At Jfk Airport On Outstanding Drug & Child Endangerment Charges

Attorney General Spitzer today announced that a New York City woman wanted for running a black market drug scam was apprehended earlier this week at Kennedy Airport when she attempted to enter the United States after more than two years in the Caribbean.

Nereyda Eusebio, 34, was returning to New York from the Dominican Republic on Sunday when she was arrested by federal authorities on an outstanding warrant filed by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in 1998.

Under the scam, Eusebio would buy various prescription medications from Medicaid patients at a significant discount, and then resell the drugs to local pharmacies.

"This scam not only rips off taxpayers, but also puts the public at risk by having expired or mishandled drugs being sold to unsuspecting consumers," said Spitzer. "Although the defendant went to great lengths to avoid prosecution, she will now face responsibility for her actions."

Eusebio was arraigned in Manhattan Supreme Court on a four-count indictment charging her with one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, one count of Criminal Diversion of Prescriptions and Prescription Medications in the Second Degree, and one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. If convicted, she faces up to 25 years in prison.

Justice Arlene Goldberg set bail at $7,500 and ordered Eusebio to surrender her passport.

Acting in concert with her husband, Eusebio is accused of buying a quantity of prescription medications from undercover investigators on June 20, 1997. Among the drugs she purchased were the HIV medications Zerit and Epivir, as well as Diflucan (an antifungal medication), Zovirax (for the treatment of herpes), Biaxin (an antibiotic) and Zantac (for the relief of heartburn).

Eusebio is also charged with selling 500 tablets of the powerful painkiller Percocet to one of the undercover agents.

The drug sales allegedly took place at Eusebio's apartment in front of her daughter, who was two years old at the time. The apartment is located at 652 West 160th Street in Manhattan.

The defendant's husband, Marino Eusebio, pleaded guilty in November 1997 to Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree in satisfaction of charges stemming from the same undercover sale. The following month Eusebio failed to appear for sentencing. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Special Assistant Attorney General Roxanne E. Wild, of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit's New York City Regional Office is prosecuting the case. All cases are handled under the direct supervision of Deputy Attorney General Jos? Maldonado.

The charges against the defendant are accusations and she is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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