A New Jersey pharmacy owner was sentenced to 180 months in prison for illegally dispensing and distribution oxycodone from two pharmacies located in Medford.
Michael Ludwikowski, 46, the owner of Olde Medford Pharmacy and Medford Family Pharmacy, was previously convicted of six counts charging him with illegally dispensing and distribution oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, and maintaining drug-involved premises. He was convicted following a five weeks trial before Judge Jerome B. Simandle, who imposed the sentence in Camden federal court.
From March 2008 through August 2013, Ludwikowski, the pharmacist-in-charge of Olde Medford Pharmacy, and his employee, David M. Goldfield, 60, of Medford Lakes, New Jersey, knowingly dispensed and distributed oxycodone and other controlled substances to people, including addicts, who presented fake prescriptions.
The pharmacy owner ordered large quantities of oxycodone from a major distributor. The distributor established thresholds for the number of controlled substances that are supplied to certain pharmacies. Ludwikowski and his pharmacies received large quantities of 30 mg oxycodone pills, even though he knew the painkiller pills were not going to be used for medical purposes.
In some instances, his customers presented fake prescriptions for a nonnarcotic substance that had been “bleached,” or “washed,” through a chemical process that removed the original writing. Then they rewrote the prescriptions for their drug of choice, oxycodone. Ludwikowski and Goldfield also ignored concerns raised by an employee who pointed out an obviously altered prescription.
People who used fake prescriptions paid in cash and provided gifts to Ludwikowski and Goldfield. In some instances, customers filled fake prescriptions for oxycodone several times a week.
In progress of the scheme, Ludwikowski and another pharmacist he employed referred to in the indictment as “Pharmacist 3” reached an agreement with a physician referred to in the indictment as “Doctor 1” to “steer” Doctor 1’s patients to Ludwikowski’s pharmacies. In a text-message from Pharmacist 3 to Ludwikowski on January 11, 2013, Pharmacist 3 wrote: “I talked to Doctor 1, and he is going to direct all of his patients to us he is the pain doc in Cherry Hill.”
In addition to the jail term, Judge Simandle sentenced pharmacy owner Ludwikowski to five years of supervised released, 1,000 hours of community service and ordered him to pay a fine of $12,000.