Pharmacy Owner and Physician Charged with Illegally Diverting Oxycodone for Cash

Pharmacy Owner and Physician Charged with Illegally Diverting Oxycodone for Cash

By Forum Staff

Federal prosecutors recently unsealed complaints charging Feroze Nazirbage, a pharmacy owner, and Mordechai Bar, a physician, with illegally diverting oxycodone and other controlled substances.

As alleged in the two complaints filed on May 30, in White Plains federal court and unsealed last week: Oxycodone, a Schedule II narcotic, is a highly addictive opioid analgesic that is used to treat severe and chronic pain conditions, such as post-operative pain, severe back and orthopedic injuries, as well as pain associated with certain forms of cancer and other terminal illnesses. Oxycodone prescriptions are in high demand and have significant cash value to drug dealers. The street value of oxycodone depends on the number of milligrams of oxycodone in each tablet; in and around the NYC area, each milligram of oxycodone roughly translates to around $1 in street value.

Nazirbage, 50, of Bellerose, is associated with multiple pharmacies in and around the five boroughs, including QV Pharmacy in Queens Village, where he has been observed working and directing customers. From at least about December 2022 up to the date of the complaint, Nazirbage has conspired with others to dispense or distribute oxycodone and other controlled substances, in violation of the law, in exchange for cash.  In addition to filling prescriptions that he knew were not issued for a legitimate medical purpose by a practitioner acting within the usual course of professional practice, Nazirbage also repeatedly sold controlled substances to a customer without a prescription in what is commonly referred to as a “backdoor sale.”

Bar is a physician whose practice is located in New Rochelle. From at least in or about January 2023 up to the date of the complaint, Bar conspired with others to provide prescriptions not issued for a legitimate medical purpose for oxycodone, amphetamine, and alprazolam to patients in exchange for cash payments. Bar issued those prescriptions without conducting medical examinations of the patients and, in many cases, without even speaking to or meeting with the patients.

Nazirbage is charged with one count of conspiring to illegally dispense or distribute oxycodone and other controlled substances, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and 11 counts of dispensing or distributing oxycodone and other controlled substances, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Bar is charged with one count of conspiring to illegally dispense or distribute oxycodone and other controlled substances, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and 12 counts of dispensing or distributing oxycodone and other controlled substances, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

The maximum potential penalties are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendants will be determined by the judge.

“Failing their ethical duty to do good, the defendants allegedly abused their positions in healthcare by serving as suppliers for a highly addictive narcotic while greedily pocketing the rewards,” FBI NY Assistant Director in Charge James Smith said.

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