Married NJ Pharmacy Owners Face Opioid Dispensing, Tax Charges

TRENTON — A former pharmacist is charged with dispensing nearly 3 million oxycodone pills while her husband cooked the books to dodge taxes, New Jersey federal prosecutors said.

Princeton Junction residents Florence Ndubizu, 62, and Gordian Ndubizu, 67, were arrested on Thursday. Federal prosecutors said all charges stemmed from their former pharmacy in Trenton, which they operated as a “criminal enterprise.”

Healthcare Pharmacy distributed more than 2.7 million oxycodone tablets from 2014 to 2017, officials said. It ended when the DEA ordered the pharmacy to stop dispensing controlled substances on August 31, 2017, after 20 years of operation.

As the pharmacist in charge, prosecutors said Florence Ndubizu knowingly filled false prescriptions. Authorities believe she ordered employees to fill out fraudulent oxycodone scripts for cash-paying customers, including street-level drug dealers.

In 28 months, the Trenton pharmacy diverted more than 80,000 oxycodone tablets, prosecutors say. They add that Florence Ndubizu manipulated records to hide the discrepancy from state and federal authorities.

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She is charged with three counts related to the distribution of controlled substances. The maximum aggregate sentence for these charges is 60 years in prison and a $2.5 million fine.

Her husband Gordian Ndubizu, an accounting professor at Drexel University, is accused of falsifying their tax returns. Prosecutors said he hid $3.3 million in pharmacy earnings to evade $1.3 million in taxes.

Authorities said that in an effort to reduce the pharmacy’s reported profits, Gordian Ndubizu had inflated the reported costs. He is accused of qualifying certain transfers as purchases of goods when the money instead went to personal bank accounts in Nigeria.

Gordian Ndubizu faces four counts of tax evasion and four counts of filing false tax returns. The combined maximum sentence for these charges is 32 years in prison and an $800,000 fine.

Rick Rickman is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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