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January 30, 2012: Rochester Pharmacist Sentenced for Forging Prescriptions

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U.S. Department of Justice Press Release


For Immediate Release
January 30, 2012

United States Attorney
Western District of New York
Contact: Barbara Burns
(716) 843-5817


ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Aviva Goldstein, 34, of Brighton, N.Y., a licensed pharmacist, who was convicted of knowingly causing drugs to be dispensed without a valid prescription, was fined $500 and order to pay $718 in restitution by Magistrate Judge Jonathan Feldman.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney John Field, who handled the case, the defendant forged prescriptions for various non-narcotic medicines over a 20-month period causing these controlled drugs to be dispensed to her in violation of federal health laws.

The sentencing is the result of investigative work by Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Christopher M. Piehota, Special Agent in Charge and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Mark Dragonetti.

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