United States v. Lazaro Hernandez
PENDING CRIMINAL DIVISION CASES
United States v. Lazaro Hernandez
Court Docket No.: 22-CR-60129
Court Assigned: This case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Raag Singhal, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, U.S. Federal Building and Courthouse, 299 East Broward Boulevard, Courtroom 108, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
On June 15, 2023, defendant Lazaro Hernandez was sentenced to 180 months of imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release.
A restitution hearing has been scheduled for September 12, 2023 at 2:00 PM at Fort Lauderdale Division, United States District Court, 299 East Broward Boulevard, Room 108, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 before Judge Raag Singhal.
On April 6, 2023, defendant Lazaro Hernandez pled guilty.
On July 15, 2022 defendant Hernandez was arraigned before the Miami Duty Magistrate Judge in the Miami Division.
Criminal Charges: On June 10, 2022, Lazaro Hernandez, a resident of Miami-Dade County, Florida and the beneficial owner, operator, and agent of Allsource Medical LLC, RSNE LLC, AIA Wholesale LLC, Gentk LLC, and My Meds LLC, was charged by indictment with conspiracy to introduce adulterated and misbranded drugs and to defraud the United States, conspiracy to traffic in pre-retail medical products with false documentation, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and specific money laundering offenses.
According to the indictment, Lazaro Hernandez, 51, of Miami, was allegedly part of a nationwide scheme to defraud the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and illegally distribute more than $230 million in adulterated and misbranded prescription drugs that were dispensed to unsuspecting patients. As alleged in the indictment, Hernandez acquired large quantities of prescription drugs, primarily HIV medication, illegally and then created false drug labeling and other documentation to make it appear as though these high-priced drugs had been obtained legitimately. To carry out the scheme, Hernandez and co-conspirators established licensed wholesale drug distribution companies in Florida, New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York (named above). Hernandez and his co-conspirators used those companies to sell the adulterated drugs at steep discounts to other co-conspirators at wholesale pharmaceutical distributors in Mississippi, Maryland, and New York. Those wholesale pharmaceutical distributors then resold the drugs to pharmacies throughout the country, which billed the drugs to health insurers, including Medicare, and dispensed the adulterated and misbranded HIV medication to unsuspecting patients.
The indictment further alleges that Lazaro Hernandez and his co-conspirators unlawfully enriched themselves by selling and distributing adulterated, misbranded and diverted drugs as if they had been acquired through the legitimate channels of distribution in the pharmaceutical market.
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