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Former Pharmaceutical Company Employees Arrested For Participating In Fentanyl Kickback Scheme

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), and Scott Lampert, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General's ("HHS-OIG") New York Region, announced that JONATHAN ROPER, a former District Manager at a pharmaceutical company ("Pharma Company-1"), and FERNANDO SERRANO, a former sales representative at Pharma Company-1, were charged today with violating the Anti-Kickback Statute in connection with their participation in a scheme to pay doctors thousands of dollars to participate in sham educational programs in order to induce the doctors to prescribe millions of dollars' worth of a fentanyl-based sublingual spray manufactured by Pharma Company-1 (the "Fentanyl Spray"). ROPER was arrested this morning by FBI agents on Long Island, and SERRANO was arrested this morning by FBI agents in New Jersey.


Action Details

  • Date:June 9, 2016
  • Agency:U.S. Attorney
  • Enforcement Types:
    • Criminal and Civil Actions