A former college accounting professor and his wife, who together owned a pharmacy in Trenton, were charged separately by federal prosecutors on Thursday — he for tax evasion and she for illegally distributing oxycodone and other drugs.
Florence Ndubizu, 62, is charged with three counts of distribution and distribution of controlled substances, while her husband, Gordian A. Ndubizu, 67, faces four counts of tax evasion and four counts of producing false tax returns, the United States Attorney’s Office for New Jersey mentioned.
Authorities said Florence filed fraudulent prescriptions knowing they weren’t for a legitimate purpose and that some of the drugs would end up in the hands of what federal prosecutors described as “street dealers.”
She allegedly purchased and dispensed more than 2.7 million pills between 2014 and early 2017 for the since-closed Healthcare Pharmacy on East State Street in Trenton until the Drug Enforcement Administration suspended the pharmacy’s registration, authorities announced.
Her husband altered pharmacy dispensing records to hide missing inventory, prosecutors said.
Gordian taught at Drexel University in Philadelphia and co-owned the pharmacy. From 2014 to 2017, he overstated the company’s expenses and underreported its income by $3,283,202, authorities said. He also did not report any money transferred to bank accounts in Nigeria, officials said.
He owes the IRS about $1,253,019 in taxes, excluding interest and penalties, according to billing documents.
The two suspects, residents of the Princeton Junction section of West Windsor in Mercer County, made their first court appearance by teleconference on Thursday.
The couple’s attorney, Jerry A. Ballarotto, could not immediately be reached for comment on Friday.
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