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District of New Jersey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 17, 2022

Former Owner and CEO of Pharmaceutical Company Indicted for Embezzlement

NEWARK, N.J. – A federal grand jury today indicted the former chief executive officer and owner of a pharmaceutical company with wire fraud for his role in an embezzlement scheme, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced. 

John Klein, 76, of Tampa, Florida, was indicted on one count of wire fraud. He was previously charged by complaint with one count of wire fraud.

According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court:

From May 2016 to January 2017, Klein misappropriated millions of dollars from the pharmaceutical company for his own personal use. In May 2016 a customer of the company paid $3.9 million into a company bank account that Klein controlled. After these transfers, Klein made numerous personal expenditures out of the account. Although he had diverted the customer payment for his own personal use, between December 2016 and January 2017, Klein caused the pharmaceutical company to write off the $3.9 million as uncollectable debt.

The wire fraud charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy in Newark, and special agents of IRS – Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Tammy Tomlins in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s indictment.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Anthony Torntore and Andrew Kogan of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Cybercrime Unit in Newark.

The charge and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
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Press Release Number: 
22-426
Updated November 17, 2022