Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of New York
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Drugs for Equine Illness Sold to Trainers and Veterinarians at New York Racetracks
Earlier today, in federal court in Central Islip, Gregory Settino, a resident of Bethpage, New York, was sentenced by United States District Judge Joanna Seybert to a year and a day’s imprisonment for theft of approximately $750,000 worth of medical products. The Court also ordered Settino to pay restitution of $847,093.
Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and Ronne G. Malham, Acting Special Agent-in-Charge, Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations, New York Field Office (FDA-OCI), announced the sentence.
“Today’s sentence is the finish line of Gregory Settino’s criminal conduct. He stole thousands of bottles of drugs, ignored safe handling practices, and allowed them to be given to horses at New York racetracks without regard for the health of the animals – only focusing on his own personal gain,” stated United States Attorney Peace. “Those who jeopardize drug safety and risk the health of others will be held accountable and face serious consequences.”
“The FDA ensures that veterinary drugs are safe and effective so that animals remain healthy. Drugs that are taken out of the legitimate supply chain pose a risk to the animals that take them,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Malham. “We will continue to investigate and bring to justice those who endanger the health of animals.”
As admitted at defendant’s plea, Settino, the production supervisor of manufacturing at a Long Island Drug Manufacturer, American Regent formerly Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in Shirley, New York, Settino stole Adequan, a drug manufactured there. Adequan is an injectable equine drug administered to horses to treat degenerative drug disease Settino’s thefts of thousands of bottles of Adequan covered a period of eight years, from 2012 to 2020, and Settino sold those drugs worth $750,000 for hundreds of thousands of dollars to trainers and veterinarians at New York racetracks, including Belmont Park. Settino’s conduct endangered the health of horses because the drugs were not maintained, stored or transported in accordance with proper procedures for ensuring the safety, effectiveness and efficacy of the drugs. At times, Settino transported the drugs in shoeboxes stored in his car.
The government’s case is being prosecuted by the Office’s Long Island Criminal Division. Assistant United States Attorney Charles P. Kelly is in charge of the prosecution.
Bethpage, New York
E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 20-CR-340 (JS)
USAO - New York, Eastern
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