Queens Drugstore Owner Charged With Selling Narcotics To Addicts
Attorney General Spitzer today announced that a Woodhaven pharmacy owner has been charged with unlawfully selling more than 100,000 powerful painkillers and other drugs to addicts for cash.
Alexander Q. Do, a pharmacist and the owner of the now-defunct Eljay Drugs, was arraigned yesterday before Queens County Supreme Court Justice Barry Kron on a 130-count indictment. Do's corporation, QD's Pharmacy, Inc., was also charged with participating in the scheme.
"The defendant not only betrayed his duty as a licensed pharmacist, but, in the process, helped fuel the drug habits of addicts by selling such highly addictive drugs like Hydrocodone (the generic form of Vicodin-ES) on demand," said Spitzer. "In the three years prior to the sale of his pharmacy in October 2000, Eljay Drugs was consistently ranked either first or second in the state for the purchase of Hydrocodone."
According to prosecutors, between October 1996 and August 2000, Do refilled controlled substance prescriptions, including ones for Hydrocodone, well before their legitimate refill dates. Do also dispensed Hydrocodone to customers even if the prescriptions were written in the name of other individuals. In most cases, Do was paid cash for the drugs. To conceal his scheme, Do falsified the pharmacy's business records to make it appear that he was refilling the prescriptions according to their terms.
Do is also charged with stealing a total of more than $20,000 from the Medicaid program and Paid Prescriptions, a private insurance plan, by submitting reimbursement claims for prescriptions that were forged and for medications that were never dispensed.
Spitzer thanked the State Health Department for referring the matter to his office
Do, 34, of 86-11 Forest Parkway in Woodhaven, was charged with two counts of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, sixty-five counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, eight counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, fifteen counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, twenty counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, and twenty counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.
QD's Pharmacy, Inc., was located at 80-30 Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven. The corporation was charged with two counts of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, twenty counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, and twenty counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree. In the case of a corporation, each felony is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 or double the amount of the illegal gain.
Special Assistant Attorney General Robert J. Goldstein, of the New York City Regional Office of the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, is prosecuting the case. All cases are handled under the direct supervision of Deputy Attorney General Jos? Maldonado.
The charges against Do and QD's Pharmacy, Inc. are accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.