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International painkiller distribution ring laundered millions via bank-to-bank wires, U.S. prosecutors say

Nov 30 2012 Brett Wolf, Compliance Complete

A federal grand jury in Manhattan has indicted ten people, including two pharmacists and five physicians, on narcotics conspiracy, money laundering and other charges for allegedly allowing people to buy powerful painkillers online without prescriptions, the Justice Department announced Thursday. The accused pharmacists and physicians are: Peter Riccio, 59, of New Jersey; Lena Lasher, 45, of New Jersey; John Burling, 61, of South Carolina; Robert Imbernino, 79, of California; and Edmund Kaplan, 50, of New York. The other defendants, all of who operate websites allegedly used in the scheme, are: Timothy Kear, 50, of California; Christopher Riley, 64, of Maryland; Adam Risolia, 26, of Florida; Paul Gryszkiewicz, 26, of New Jersey; and Gergana Chervenkova, 35, of Bulgaria. The latter is the only defendant who has not been arrested. "As alleged, this multi-million dollar Internet pharmacy pill scheme involved pharmacists and doctors who placed cash over care by partnering with corrupt

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