NEWARK – Vincent Hsia, a pharmacist and the former proprietor of Lincoln Pharmacy Network in Edison, admitted that he conspired to distribute oxycodone and that he filed false personal and corporate income tax returns, according to U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.
Hsia, 51, of Flemington, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and four counts of filing false individual and corporate tax returns. Hsia entered his guilty plea yesterday before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton following his arraignment on the charges in Newark federal court.
According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court, Hsia admitted that he and at least eight co-conspirators participated in a conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, for no legitimate medical purpose and beyond the bounds of medical practice between Oct. 4, 2007, and April 2, 2010. Specifically, Hsia admitted that he knowingly and intentionally filled fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone completed in the names of fictitious patients.
Data obtained from the Automation of Reports and Consolidated System, through which manufacturers and distributors report sales of controlled substances, demonstrates that in 2007, Lincoln Pharmacy’s purchases of oxycodone products totaled approximately 130,000 dosage units. In 2008, Lincoln Pharmacy purchased approximately 218,000 dosage units and purchased nearly 480,000 dosage units in 2009. The average dosage units purchased in 2009 by 171 pharmacies in Middlesex County, where Lincoln Pharmacy is located, was 101,514; by 1,966 pharmacies statewide was 78,817; and by 60,968 pharmacies nationwide was 62,927.
Hsia also admitted that he participated in the conspiracy in exchange for cash. He agreed that the approximately $600,000 seized by law enforcement at the time of his arrest was derived from the scheme. Hsia also admitted that he willfully subscribed to false individual tax returns and corporate tax returns on behalf of Lincoln Pharmacy, stating that those returns were materially false in that they did not report the true amount of cash Hsia made through the pharmacy in tax years 2008 and 2009.
The oxycodone conspiracy charge to which Hsia pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. The violations of the tax code to which Hsia pleaded guilty each carry a maximum potential penalty of three years in prison and a $100,000 fine. Sentencing is currently scheduled for Dec.12.
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