Monongahela pharmacist pleads guilty to smuggling prescription drugs

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Westmoreland County pharmacist Bryan R. Polomoscanik pleaded guilty to conspiring to smuggle prescription drugs and launder money today, and promptly presented checks to the federal government totaling $624,800 — more than one-third of what he must pay in restitution and fines.

Mr. Polomoscanik, 40, who is from Greensburg according to a state licensing website, worked for Dierken’s Pharmacy in Monongahela. Starting in 2007, he imported misbranded and unapproved drugs from Canada, according to an investigation by the Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations.

Assistant U.S. attorney Nelson Cohen said the case was built on phone, email, shipping and bank records. He would not say what types of drugs were smuggled.

“Those drugs were mislabeled to fool customs,” and placed in small packages to avoid detection, Mr. Cohen told U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon.

Mr. Polomoscanik confirmed the accusation, but said little else, and his attorney, Joseph Valenti, had no comment.

A plea agreement requires that Mr. Polomoscanik forfeit $1.45 million to the federal government to reflect ill-gotten gains, and to pay a $50,000 fine.

The sentence also could include prison time, and Judge Bissoon set a hearing on that subject for May 1.


Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1542 or on Twitter: @richelord.

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