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Six Charged In Manhattan Federal Court for Operating Illegal Prescription Drug Ring Out Of Bronx Grocery Store

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and William J. Bratton, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, announced today criminal charges against Carlos Paniagua, Jose Osvaldo Paniagua Jr., Jose Rafael Paniagua, Jose Osvaldo Paniagua Sr., Joan Torres and Jose Borgen-Reyes, for operating a massive prescription drug diversion ring, including the trafficking of both oxycodone and expensive HIV medication, out of Joaquin Grocery & Deli, a grocery store in the Bronx. All of the defendants except BORGEN-REYES currently operate Joaquin Grocery & Deli, a grocery store at 598 Morris Avenue in the Bronx, New York. In addition to selling grocery products, the Joaquin Grocery has operated for years as a marketplace for Medicaid Beneficiaries to sell their Medicaid-reimbursed prescription medication, including Oxycontin, Percocet, and expensive HIV medications.


Action Details

  • Date:June 24, 2014
  • Agency:U.S. Attorney
  • Enforcement Types:
    • Criminal and Civil Actions