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Orangetown Draws Praise From U.S. Attorney After Pharmacist's Sentencing

Preet Bharara
Preet Bharara Photo Credit: U.S. Justice Department

ORANGETOWN, N.Y. -- The Orangetown Police Department, along with several other law enforcement agencies, drew praise Wednesday from U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Preet Bharara, for their help in bringing down a pharmacist who was dealing oxycodone.

Lilian Jakacki, aka “Lilian Wieckowski,” was sentenced to four years in prison for illegally distributing 100,000 tablets of oxycodone, Medicare fraud, and money laundering, Bharara said.

“Through her pharmacies in Queens and Brooklyn, Lilian Jakacki dumped 100,000 illegally diverted oxycodone pills into the city’s streets," he said. "Driven by greed, Jakacki abused her pharmacy license, helping to fuel the opioid abuse epidemic that is ravaging too many of our communities. For her crimes, Jakacki will spend four years in prison and forfeit her ill-gotten gains.”

According to allegations in the indictment and the civil complaint, between March 2010 and October 2015, Jakacki operated two pharmacies in Queens and Brooklyn called Chopin Chemists where she sold 100,000 tablets of oxycodone by using fake prescriptions, including prescriptions made out in the names of famous luxury brands, such as Coach and Chanel.

In addition, Jakacki, who pleaded guilty in July, deliberately over billed Medicare by more than $500,000, submitting reimbursement claims for medication that she never actually distributed to patients.

She used the proceeds from her drug sales to help finance the purchase of a multimillion-dollar home, Bharara said.

In addition to the prison sentence, Jakacki was also directed to forfeit $800,000 and to pay restitution of $520,000.

Following the sentencing, Bharara praised the outstanding investigative work of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Tactical Diversion Squad, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He also offered praise to the the New York City Police Department, the New York State Police, the Town of Orangetown Police Department, and the Westchester County Police Department.

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