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The BEST LAWYER ANYONE COULD ASK FOR!!! Todd changed our lives! He’s not JUST a lawyer representing us for a case. Todd and his office have become Family. When we entered his office in August of 2022, we entered with such anxiety, uncertainty, and so much stress. Honestly we were very lost. My husband and I felt alone. How could a lawyer who didn’t know us, know our family, know our background represents us, When this could change our lives for the next 5-7years that my husband was facing in Federal jail. By the time our free consultation was over with Todd, we left his office at ease. All our questions were answered and we had a sense of relief.

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NY Pharmacy Attorney

Our attorneys can provide representation in a number of licensing and registration matters pending before the State Education Department, Office of Professional Discipline (OPD), the Office of Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG), and the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU)

Earning your license was a significant investment of time and money and when your Pharmaceutical License is on the line, you should protect it by consulting with an experienced New York or professional license defense attorney skilled in representing pharmacists in criminal and disciplinary proceedings. Our firm’s main focus is serving licensed professionals in New York, particularly pharmacists, physicians, and other healthcare professionals, in all matters that relate to professional licensing and license defense.

In New York and practice of pharmacy is governed by numerous laws and regulations. In New York, pharmacists are licensed and registered by The New York State Board of Regents, the Education Department, and the State Board of Pharmacy.

If you are arrested or investigated by law enforcement or if you are contacted by a state licensing agency investigator regarding a complaint involving professional misconduct, you may significantly minimize damages to your case by discussing it with an experienced New York pharmacy license defense attorney.

George FernandezGeorge Fernandez
14:16 30 Apr 24
Excellent 10 out of 10, Helped resolve my case. Jeremy explained everything and made everything easy to understand.
21:33 24 Apr 24
If you are looking for a lawyer that listens, is aggressive where needed, and holds his word above all else, Todd is the best pick. I had hired multiple attorneys prior to hiring the Spodek Group for a white collar case. The first thing that stood out to me was the cost, as anyone going through the process and dealing with the system, money was tight at that time - especially after hiring and firing multiple lawyers. The cost was not as high as others which was definitely a plus. Todd's intake process was also unlike other attorneys. He took the time to actually listen. He cared. He was trying to put himself in my shoes while I was explaining the situation to him and he really took the time to understand the whole situation. Other lawyers will give you 15 mins and send you a retainer agreement. Not Todd, I think he spent almost two hours with me as I was explaining everything.Not only was he great during the onboarding process, he was supportive and very informative through the entire plea process and eventually sentencing. After hiring him, I asked if I should hire a prison consultant, he told me to save my money as he would do everything they would. He was right and held up to his word. Later on I would hear from others that went with the prison consultants that they were a waste of money - I am glad I listened to Todd!When it came time for sentencing, two days prior to sentencing, the prosecutor tried increasing my proposed prison time by almost double - apparently a normal move. Todd and his team worked with me non-stop through the weekend prior to sentencing to ensure that I was not given additional prison time. Again, he took the time to listen and came up with a strategy to explain the case with great detail.Unfortunately, I did plead guilty as that was my best option. Todd and his whole team wrote up nearly 300 pages of a summary of what happened and why I should not be given prison time. If I breakdown the amount I spent with Todd versus the amount of work that I saw being done, I am shocked I was not charged four times as much. The other benefit was, a lot of criminal defense lawyers were just a single attorney with a paralegal or two. Todd had a team of people that I dealt with (5-7 people that I interacted with), but he was ALWAYS accessible. It would never take him more than an hour to reply unless he was in court.I was sentenced to prison and I was emotionally distraught. Todd and his team did whatever they could even after sentencing to make sure I was alright. He personally stayed in touch with my family to ensure I was doing alright and offered support to them. Most lawyers would consider the job complete at sentencing, not Todd.After prison, Todd still spent time with me to make sure I was on the right track and avoiding any potential risks in the future. He has also been giving advice on how to navigate probation etc and has not been looking at the clock for billing.Although I wish I had never been arrested in the first place, I am glad I had Todd and his team in my corner. Without them I likely would have had to spend a lot more time in prison than I did.Thank you, Todd, and the entire Spodek Law team, for helping turn what was a nightmare into a manageable situation!
Yelva Saint-PreuxYelva Saint-Preux
19:26 19 Apr 24
I am immensely grateful to the entire team at Spodek Law Group for their unwavering dedication and exceptional expertise throughout my case. From our initial consultation to the final resolution, their professionalism and tireless advocacy made all the difference. Their strategic approach and attention to detail instilled confidence in me every step of the way.Thanks to their hard work and commitment, we achieved a truly favorable outcome that exceeded my expectations. Not only did they navigate the complexities of my case with precision, but they also provided invaluable support and guidance during what was undoubtedly a challenging time. I cannot recommend Spodek Law Group highly enough, especially attorneys Todd Spodek and Claire Banks; they are beacons of excellence in the legal profession.YSP.
Katherine SunKatherine Sun
18:08 18 Apr 24
my lawyer is Alex Zhik. Efficient, patient and professional
Nun yaNun ya
17:48 18 Apr 24
Todd, Ralph and Alex are amazing. Helped my husband get from a double digit number with multiple charges to a single digit, by the time I blink he will be out. They very professional and help with all your needs. They dealt with my anxiety and worry very well and they understand that your family member needs to get home as soon as possible.
Keisha ParrisKeisha Parris
20:45 15 Mar 24
Believe every single review here about Alex Z!! From our initial consultation, it was evident that Alex possessed a profound understanding of criminal law and a fierce dedication to his clients rights. Throughout the entirety of my case, Alex exhibited unparalleled professionalism and unwavering commitment. What sets Alex apart is not only his legal expertise but also his genuine compassion for his clients. He took the time to thoroughly explain my case, alleviating any concerns I had along the way. His exact words were “I’m not worried about it”. His unwavering support and guidance were invaluable throughout the entire process. I am immensely grateful for Alex's exceptional legal representation and wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone in need of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Alex Z is not just a lawyer; he is a beacon of hope for those navigating the complexities of the legal system. If you find yourself in need of a dedicated and competent legal advocate, look no further than Alex Z.
Taïko BeautyTaïko Beauty
16:26 15 Mar 24
I don’t know where to start, I can write a novel about this firm, but one thing I will say is that having my best interest was their main priority since the beginning of my case which was back in Winter 2019. Miss Claire Banks, one of the best Attorneys in the firm represented me very well and was very professional, respectful, and truthful. Not once did she leave me in the dark, in fact she presented all options and routes that could possibly be considered for my case and she reinsured me that no matter what I decided to do, her and the team will have my back and that’s exactly what happened. Not only will I be liberated from this case, also, I will enjoy my freedom and continue to be a mother to my first born son and will have no restrictions with accomplishing my goals in life. Now that’s what I call victory!! I thank the Lord, My mother, Claire, and the Spodek team for standing by me and fighting with me. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have the opportunity to work with this team. I’m very satisfied, very pleased with their performance, their hard work, and their diligence.Thank you team!
K MarK Mar
01:37 25 Jan 24
I recently had Spodek Law Group represent me for a legal matter in NYC and I am thoroughly impressed with their services.Alex Zhik secured the best possible outcome for my case.It was a seamless journey from the initial consultation to the resolution of my legal matter. From the moment I spoke to Todd about my case, his enthusiasm to help was evident, setting a positive tone for the entire experience. The efficiency and professionalism displayed by the team is commendable.A particularly noteworthy aspect of their service is their user-friendly portal to upload your documents/evidence. This not only simplified the process, but showcases their commitment to streamline the client experience.Lastly, in an industry where legal fees can often be a concern, I found their pricing to be very reasonable, making needing legal assistance feel accessible and stress-free.I am grateful for their support and wouldn't hesitate to turn to them again in the future.

When Is A Pharmacist Subject To Discipline?

In New York and practice of pharmacy is governed by numerous laws and regulations. Pharmacists are licensed and registered by The New York State Board of Regents, the Education Department, and the State Board of Pharmacy. Committing professional misconduct as specified by the statute automatically subjects the pharmacist to discipline.

The most common triggers of professional discipline of pharmacists in New York are:

  • Being convicted of a crime
  • Practicing fraudulently
  • Practicing beyond the authorized scope of practice
  • Practicing with gross incompetence or negligence
  • Practicing while being intoxicated or impaired by alcohol, drugs, or mental disability
  • Habitually using drugs
  • Unlawful fee splitting
  • Allowing professional duties to be performed by unauthorized persons
  • Sexually or physically abusing patients
  • Filing false reports
  • Failing to maintain proper records
  • Ordering excessive and unnecessary tests

There are several ways a disciplinary process against a New York pharmacist may begin. Pharmacies are often subject to law enforcement investigations related to medicaid and Medicare fraud, schemes involving unauthorized prescription and controlled substances.

Pharmacists may either become the focus of the ongoing investigation or newly discovered facts will trigger a separate investigation of a pharmacist. Also, a compliant by a third part may be filed with the Regional Office of Professional Discipline (OPD), which will then look into the allegations.

A criminal conviction or entering a guilty plea will automatically be reported to the licensing agency and an investigation will be automatically initiated.

During the course of investigation, the licensee may be contacted by an OPD or a law enforcement investigator. The law requires the licensee to cooperate with investigation; however one has no obligation to forfeit his or her right to consult with an attorney. The only correct way to handle the investigator’s request for an interview is to pledge cooperation but only after consulting an attorney.

Your next step must be retaining an attorney experienced in the OPD actions. A good criminal defense or professional license defense attorney will prevent you from making potentially harmful statements and admissions that would seriously impede your future defense.


We can help pharmacist clients in criminal cases brought by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the District Attorney’s Office. Pharmaceutical crimes vary from federal kickback violations, to Medicare and Medicaid fraudulent billing practices, to artificial drug price inflation to offenses often charged on state level such as Prescription Fraud. Whatever the charges are, if you are the target of an audit or a criminal investigation related to pharmaceutical activity, you need an attorney experienced in defending pharmaceutical fraud cases. And if you are a medical professional, your attorney should also be experienced in representing licensed health care professionals because your professional license is in jeopardy.

Here is the list of criminal cases involving pharmacists, which handle:

  • Prescription Fraud
  • Criminal diversion of medication
  • Anti-kickback laws violations;
  • Medicaid and Medicare Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud

We are also know how to handle the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations that routinely investigates violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Federal Anti-Tampering Act, and other related federal statutes. Most common federal violations in the pharmaceutical industry are:

  • Manufacture and sale of counterfeit or unapproved drugs
  • Illegal diversion of drugs
  • Prescription Drug Marketing Act violations
  • Off-Label promotion Illegal Internet Drug Marketing
  • Drug application fraud
  • Clinical investigator fraud
  • Product substitution crimes
  • Product tampering
  • Drug adulteration
  • Illegal drug importation
  • Illegal drug manufacture, sale or distribution

Medicaid/Medicare/Insurance Fraud in a Pharmacy Setting

We have been called on defending licensed pharmacists and pharmacy owners who have been accused of Medicaid or Medicare fraud. Most such cases involve billing Medicaid or insurance companies for prescription medications that have never been dispensed to patients or schemes involving purchasing prescriptions from Medicaid beneficiaries for cash and billing Medicaid for reimbursement at higher rates.

This is often done in concert with physicians who write the prescriptions in return for kickbacks from pharmacists. These types of cases are likely to be prosecuted by the federal government.

Pharmacy fraud is a crime that may render a person liable to severe legal penalties. When the fraud involves sales and distribution over state lines, the federal government will likely become involved, and the case will be prosecuted in federal court.

When the pharmacy fraud is alleged to have taken place as part of a massive scheme, and the proceeds are alleged to be high, the potential consequences will be harsh.

Online pharmacy fraud

One kind of pharmacy fraud that takes place and is vigorously prosecuted occurs when pharmacists and doctors team up with website operators, or operate websites in order to sell large quantities of sought-after substances such as painkillers, without valid prescriptions.

The websites allow customers to order pain medications without valid prescriptions. The doctors who are participating in the scheme write prescriptions to fit the orders, without ever speaking to or examining the customer, and without looking at the customer’s medical records. They then send the prescriptions to participating pharmacists, who fill the illegal prescriptions and ship the medications to the customers. Sometimes, the websites may contain false statements, such as postings stating that prescription medications will not be dispensed before the customer consults the website’s licensed physician when such consultations never actually take place.

Since such fraud takes place over the Internet, its reach tends to be wider and more encompassing; thus, setting up a website for pharmacy fraud is, in itself, more likely to result in a federal case and in allegations of a far-reaching scheme or conspiracy. Further, when the substances involved are controlled substances, charges will likely include drug trafficking as well.

When an internet pharmacy fraud scheme is alleged, charges may include the following: misbranding of prescription drugs, narcotics distribution, mail and wire fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy to commit all and any of the above. Penalties can include decades in prison, as well as possible forfeitures and other financial losses. Any doctor or pharmacist involved is also risking their license.

If you are accused of participating in the Internet pharmacy fraud in New York City, your first step should be to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney, with special knowledge of pharmacy fraud issues. You should be aware that the allegations of a scheme or conspiracy mean that you can be potentially held liable for the actions of other participants in the scheme.

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