Queens man sentenced to 51 months in prison for defrauding pharmaceutical manufacturer


Date: May 26, 2022

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Earlier today, in federal court in Central Islip, Arkadiy Khaimov was sentenced by United States District Judge Joan M. Azrack to 51 months in prison for defrauding a pharmaceutical manufacturer of approximately $7.2 million by submitting fraudulent claims under the manufacturer's Co-pay Coupon Program. As part of the sentence, Khaimov was ordered to forfeit approximately $489,000 as proceeds involved in the fraudulent scheme and to pay restitution of approximately $7.2 million. In August 2020, Khaimov pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, announced the sentencing.

"Khaimov selfishly stole from a program that was intended to reduce the cost of a medication to uninsured individuals and those in need of financial assistance, who were suffering from a serious and potentially life-threatening disease," stated United States Attorney Peace. "Today's sentence sends a message that incarceration and significant financial penalties are the criminal justice system's remedies for those who would abuse such beneficial programs to benefit themselves."

Mr. Peace expressed his appreciation to the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office, and the United States Postal Inspection Service for their exemplary work on the case.

The pharmaceutical manufacturer, referred to in the indictment as "John Doe Company 1," established the Co-pay Coupon Program to reimburse pharmacies for dispensing a prescription medication, which was described as a "priceless breakthrough" and potential "cure" for a serious and possibly deadly disease, to the uninsured and those in need of financial assistance. Between February 2017 and July 2018, Khaimov and his co-conspirators used the computers of pharmacies they operated in Queens and Manhattan to submit claims for approximately $7.2 million in reimbursements under the Co-pay Coupon Program for medications that the pharmacies never actually dispensed. In some cases, Khaimov and his co-conspirators fraudulently used the credentials of a Nassau County-based physician to submit the false claims.

The government's case is being handled by the Office's Long Island Criminal Division. Assistant United States Attorneys Bradley T. King, Madeline O'Connor and Department of Justice Trial Attorney Andrew Estes are in charge of the prosecution.