A former state legislator is facing trial on charges of participating in a so-called “pill-mill,” which prosecutors say placed millions of oxycodone into the illegal marketplace.
According to prosecutors, the once-member of the New York State Assembly defrauded Medicare and Medicaid by submitting patients to unnecessary tests. The patients agreed to the tests in exchange for oxycodone, often as supply to be sold for the black market, according to the charges. The Brooklyn politician’s attorney argues that the charges are a stunt by career-minded prosecutors.
Business venture lands Coney Island lawmaker in court
Alec Brook-Krasny was born in the Soviet Union and rose to the New York State Assembly representing the southwest side of Brooklyn, New York, just across the Hudson from Staten Island. He served from 2006 until 2015, resigning to join the private sector with a clinical laboratory in Brighton Beach.
Less than two years after leaving the Assembly, prosecutors indicted Brook-Krasny and 12 others, including doctors from 3 Brooklyn clinics. During a 5-year period, the clinics operated a $24 million criminal enterprise, according to the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York.
In less than 6 months, Brook-Krasny’s salary approximately tripled as the former Assemblyman introduced the ring’s leader, Dr. Lazar Feygin, to politically powerful associates, according to the District attorney’s office.
A case that draws press attention
Brook-Krasny’s attorney points out that because the defendant’s son once overdosed on opioids, it’s “frankly ridiculous” to suggest he would help pour more than 6.3 million pills into same Brooklyn streets that are home to Brook-Krasny’s own children.
The defense argues that the Special Narcotics Prosecutor and the DEA have leveraged the case to enhance their public profile with a prosecution that justifies the hosting of press conferences.