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    Pharmacist pleads guilty in NYC oxycodone scheme

    In one of the largest opioid diversion schemes to be uncovered in New York, a former pharmacy owner and her husband have pled guilty to several charges related to a multimillion-dollar oxycodone distribution scheme.

    Pharmacist Lilian Jakacki, 50, in July pled guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to conspiracy to distribute narcotics, healthcare fraud, and money laundering charges. Jakacki is the owner of European Apothecary Inc. and MW&W Global Enterprises, both doing business as Chopin Chemists. She faces up to 50 years in prison.

    Her husband, Marcin Jakacki, 36, pled guilty to similar charges. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

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    Last October, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney accused the couple of using two pharmacies in Brooklyn and Queens to illegally distribute more than 500,000 pills of oxycodone over a five-year period. The pills had a street value of between $10 million and $15 million. 

    The wife was also charged with a conspiracy to misbrand prescription drugs and a separate offense of defrauding Medicare out of more than $750,000 by claiming reimbursements for medicine she never dispensed.

    Christine Blank
    Contributing Editor Christine Blank is a freelance writer based in Florida.

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