Two Brothers Sentenced for Attempted Extortion and Embezzlement of Suboxone Clinic
BOSTON – Two Taunton brothers were sentenced yesterday in connection with attempting to extort and threaten violence against the co-owner of a suboxone clinic in Quincy as well as embezzling money from the clinic.
David Tkhilaishvili, 36, and Jambulat Tkhilaishvili, 46, were sentenced by U.S. District Court Senior Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to three years and 18 months in prison, respectively. Both were sentenced to three years of supervised release. David Tkhilaishvili was also ordered to pay restitution of $3,500. In May 2017, following a five-day trial, a federal jury convicted the brothers of one count of conspiring to extort and one count of attempted extortion. David Tkhilaishvili was also convicted of two counts of embezzlement.
In 2014, the brothers approached the co-owner of a Quincy suboxone clinic and asked him to invest in a new suboxone clinic. The defendants claimed to have many years of experience in running medical clinics, including suboxone clinics. To convince the victim to invest, the defendants promised to repay the victim 50% of his investment in the clinic within five years if the business failed, with 5% interest per year in the event that the victim did not recover his investment in the clinic.
In December 2014, the victim agreed to invest in the clinic and, because of the size of his investment, insisted upon significant contractual protections, including that he would have full decision making authority over matters involving the clinic. The defendants agreed; however, shortly thereafter, the defendants began to demand that the victim surrender his ownership interest and, on multiple occasions, threatened him and his family with physical injury. One of the defendants told the victim that he had made nine people and their families, who had a problem with him in the past, disappear. Both defendants claimed to live the life of outlaws who associated with thieves. In addition, both of the defendants threatened physical harm to the victim and his family and to burn down the clinic if the victim did not comply with their demands. Furthermore, David Tkhilaishvili embezzled approximately $3,500 from the clinic.
Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb and Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura J. Kaplan of Weinreb’s Organized Crime and Gang Unit prosecuted the case.