Edison Pharmacist Indicted For Allegedly Distributing Oxycodone

NEWARK – A 26-count superseding indictment was filed against pharmacist Vincent Hsia, the proprietor of Lincoln Pharmacy Network, located in Edison, and six additional individuals, relating to the alleged distribution of oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, on Monday, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

The superseding indictment charges the following individuals with possessing with intent to distribute and conspiring to distribute oxycodone:

  • Vincent Hsia, 51, Flemington;
  • Ryan Otskey, 36, Lyndhurst;
  • Ivan Lugo, 34, Elizabeth;
  • Cheryle Sutter, 31, Carteret;
  • Keith Thompson, 33, Newark;
  • Gary Cross, 27, Roseland; and
  • Angelo Cifelli, 33, Nutley.

The superseding indictment further charges that Hsia filed false individual and corporate 2008 and 2009 tax returns. Specifically, it alleges that Hsia intentionally failed to report approximately $275,000 in income on his personal income tax returns for the tax years 2008 and 2009. In addition, Hsia allegedly misstated Lincoln Pharmacy’s corporate tax returns by intentionally failing to include more than $1.2 million in gross receipts earned by the pharmacy during the 2008 and 2009 tax years.

The oxycodone distribution and conspiracy charges each carry a maximum potential penalty of 20 years of imprisonment and a $1 million fine. The tax charges each carry a maximum potential penalty of three years of imprisonment and a $100,000 fine.

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