Could that benevolent pharmacist pictured be the same man cuffed for allegedly pocketing $6 million in illicit prescription-scam money?
In what was no doubt hard news to swallow for friends and neighbors, 82-year-old Montebello resident Maurice Malin was arrested at his home Wednesday morning in connection with an alleged $6 million painkiller-prescription scam. As reported by the Journal News, Malin, who has owned Pharmacade Pharmacy Inc.—which currently encompasses three locations throughout the Bronx—since 1974, stands accused of filling prescriptions for customers without conducted medical examinations. According to Journal News, New Jersey DEA officials—who are investigating the case—believe Malin may have distributed approximately two million bultalbital pills over the past year via bogus prescriptions using stolen identities. (Hudson Valley reached out to the NJ DEA office for comment, but their spokesperson was unavailable.)
Agents also raided Malin’s Montebello home, finding the painkiller Fioricet (which contains bualbital) and towing his vehicle from the property. Public property records also document that Malin owned a residence in the Orangetown hamlet of Tappan. No one from Pharmacade responded to Hudson Valley‘s calls or e-mails for comment.