Brooklyn woman pleads guilty in large-scale fraud scheme involving prescription drugs | USAO-WDPA

PITTSBURGH — A Brooklyn, New York resident has pleaded guilty in federal court to a wire fraud conspiracy charge, U.S. Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

Tamara Feldman, also known as Tamara Petrova, 34, pleaded guilty to one count before U.S. District Judge David Stewart Cercone.

As part of the guilty plea, the court was told that Feldman had participated in a fraudulent scheme with Devan Abrams, Azad Khizgilov, Roman Shaulov and others. Abrams, Khizgilov, and Shaulov all pleaded guilty to a similar charge, and all received prison sentences. The large-scale and sophisticated fraud scheme facilitated the importation and sale on the black market of tens of millions of dollars worth of dangerous and addictive prescription drugs. In summary, the conspirators created and ran a company that, through a series of misrepresentations, misled various credit card companies into processing credit card transactions for online purchases of drugs whose sale was illegal in the United States. These drugs were often imported from Russia, China, India and other countries. The complex scheme involved shell companies, fake websites and a tangle of bank accounts. Feldman participated in the scheme by opening fraudulent merchant accounts and overseeing fraudulent payments.

Judge Cercone set the sentence for March 23, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. The law provides for a total sentence of twenty years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based on the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Brendan T. Conway is pursuing this case on behalf of the government.

The Food and Drug Administration – Office of Criminal Investigations, Homeland Security Investigations, Pennsylvania State Police, and United States Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation which led to the prosecution of Feldman and his conspirators.

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