Pharmacist Sentenced To 27 Months In Prison For Illegally Distributing Oxycodone From Medford, New Jersey ‘Pill Mills’
CAMDEN, N.J. – A Burlington County, New Jersey, pharmacist was sentenced today to 27 months in prison for his role in a long-running conspiracy to illegally distribute and dispense large quantities of oxycodone and other controlled substances from two pharmacies located in Medford, New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
David Goldfield, 60, of Medford Lakes, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle to Count 1 of an indictment, charging him with conspiracy to illegally distribute and dispense oxycodone and other Schedule II controlled substances, and Counts 10 through 15, which charge him with multiple substantive counts of illegal distribution and dispensing of oxycodone. Judge Simandle imposed the sentence in Camden federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Goldfield was employed by Michael Ludwikowski, 46, of Medford, at Olde Medford Pharmacy and Medford Family Pharmacy. Goldfield admitted that from January 2010 through August 2013, he conspired with Ludwikowski to distribute and dispense oxycodone for individuals they knew were obtaining the pain killers for resale or for non-medical use.
Goldfield admitted, based upon his training and experience, as well as the “red flags” he observed, it was obvious that many of the oxycodone prescriptions that Goldfield and Ludwikowski filled were fraudulent. These red flags included prescriptions for oxycodone that appeared to have been “washed” or “bleached.” According to the indictment, this was achieved through a chemical process that removed the original writing for a non-narcotic substance. The customers then rewrote the prescriptions for their drug of choice, including oxycodone.
Other red flags included customers who were believed to be drug addicts, or believed to be selling or abusing the oxycodone; customers seeking oxycodone with residential addresses far from the Medford area, including for example, Camden, New Jersey; the same customer presenting oxycodone prescriptions in numerous different names, including the names of both men and women; and customers presenting oxycodone prescriptions for a 30-day supply multiple times a week.
On occasions that Goldfield had suspicions about the legitimacy of particular prescriptions, Ludwikowski allegedly told Goldfield to fill some of those prescriptions anyway. In addition, Goldfield admitted that he and Ludwikowski stored bottles of oxycodone in a pull-out drawer to which pharmacy employees working at the front counter would have easy access, rather than in a locked safe.
When Ludwikowski became concerned with the high number of oxycodone prescriptions that were being filled, Ludwikowski and Goldfield – in an attempt to evade law enforcement – turned away customers who were bringing in fraudulent prescriptions by telling them that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had reduced their supply of oxycodone.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Simandle sentenced Goldfield to three years of supervised release and fined him $4,900.
Ludwikowski was convicted at trial of six counts in an indictment charging him with illegally distributing and dispensing oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, and maintaining a drug-involved premises. He was sentenced April 12, 2018, to 15 years in prison.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI’s Newark Field Office, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Bradley W. Cohen; the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Newark Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Valerie A. Nickerson; the Medford Police Department under the direction of Chief Richard J. Meder; the Moorestown Police Department under the direction of Chief Lee R. Lieber; the Florence Police Department under the direction of Chief John Bunce; and the Lumberton Police Department under the direction of Chief Tony Diloreto, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.
The government is represented Senior Litigation Counsel Jason M. Richardson of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Devlin of the Office’s Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Unit.
Defense counsel: Gilbert J. Scutti Esq., Voorhees, New Jersey