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Montebello Pharmacist Accused Of Running Prescription Scam

Maurice Malin, the owner of three Pharmacade Pharmacies, in the Bronx, was arrested on Wednesday during a raid by the DEA.
Maurice Malin, the owner of three Pharmacade Pharmacies, in the Bronx, was arrested on Wednesday during a raid by the DEA. Photo Credit: Google Map/street view

MONTEBELLO, N.Y. -- A Montebello pharmacist's home was raided Wednesday by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agents following an investigation that accuses the pharmacist of running a large painkiller prescription scam, according to lohud.com.

Maurice Malin, 82, was arrested during the raid at his home on Lackawanna Trail following a year investigation by the DEA's New Jersey office. The DEA claims that Malin netted more than $6 million a year through the scam, said lohud.com.

According to the DEA, Malin is believed to have distributed more than two million butalbital pills through prescriptions which may have been phony to customers throughout the country, added lohud.com.

Agents from the DEA's New York office served the search warrants at Malin's home and at his three Bronx business locations of Pharmacade Pharmacy, and a location in Tappan, said lohud.com.

During the search, a DEA spokesman told lohud.com they found the painkiller Fioricet at Malin's home, a drug that is a combination of butalbital, caffeine and acetaminophin, added lohud.com.

The pharmacist was scheduled to appear in federal court on Wednesday to be charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, said lohud.com.

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