Pharmacy owner gets prison time for massive opioid diversion scheme

A pharmacy owner in New York City has been sentenced to four years in prison for her role in a drug diversion scheme, according to the Department of Justice.

In July, Lilian Jakacki pleaded guilty to Medicare fraud, money laundering and illegal distribution of 100,000 tablets of oxycodone.

According to allegations in the indictment and civil complaint, Ms. Jakacki owned and operated two New York City-based pharmacies between March 2010 and October 2015. She used these pharmacies to distribute oxycodone based on fraudulent prescriptions.

Ms. Jakacki also submitted more than $500,000 in claims to Medicare for reimbursement for medication that she never distributed, according to the DOJ.

In addition to her prison term, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff ordered Ms. Jakacki to forfeit $800,000 and pay restitution of $520,000.

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