Queens Pharmacy Owner, Harris Hussnain Sentenced to 36 Months in Prison for Health Care Fraud and Narcotics Distribution
Defendant Falsely Claimed He Was a Pharmacist and Distributed Over 10,000 Oxycodone Pills
(STL.News) Earlier today, in federal court in Brooklyn, Harris Hussnain, the owner of a pharmacy in Queens, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Rachel P. Kovner to 36 months in prison for his participation in a health care fraud conspiracy, distribution of Oxycodone and illegal financial transactions. Hussnain pleaded guilty to the charges in September 2020.
Mark J. Lesko, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; Scott Lampert, Special Agent-in- Charge, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, New York Regional Office (HHS-OIG); Ray Donovan, Special Agent-in-Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, New York Division (DEA), Jonathan D. Larsen, Special Agent-in-Charge, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, New York (IRS-CI); Frank Walsh, Acting Medicaid Inspector General, New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG); and Dermot F. Shea, Commissioner, New York City Police Department (NYPD), announced the sentence.
“Hussnain masqueraded as a health care professional when, in reality, he is a drug-dealing criminal who abused the trust of the Medicare and Medicaid systems, put New Moon Pharmacy’s customers in harm’s way and introduced thousands of Oxycodone pills into the community during an opioid epidemic,” stated Acting United States Attorney Lesko.