United States Attorney
Southern District of New York
U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
AUGUST 11, 2010 ELLEN DAVIS, CARLY SULLIVAN,
PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the
Southern District of New York, JANICE K. FEDARCYK, the Assistant
Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau
of Investigation (“FBI”), and RAYMOND W. KELLY, the Police
Commissioner of the City of New York (“NYPD”), announced the
arrests today of Dr. EUGENE DEMCZUK, a Brooklyn and New Jersey
medical physician, and his associate NICHOLAS CUKIER with
conspiring to distribute oxycodone, a prescription painkiller,
for cash, without a legitimate medical purpose. DEMCZUK and
CUKIER will be presented later today in Manhattan federal court
before U.S. Magistrate Judge KEVIN NATHANIEL FOX.
According to the Complaint unsealed today in Manhattan
On numerous occasions from November 2010 to April 2011,
DEMCZUK and CUKIER sold 30 mg prescriptions of oxycodone pills to
an undercover FBI officer for $150 a prescription. Before
providing the prescription, DEMCZUK did not perform a medical
examination nor did he request additional medical information
from the undercover officer. DEMCZUK also provided the
undercover officer with prescriptions for other individuals.
Oxycodone is a powerful painkiller with a high
potential for addiction and abuse. It is sold on the street as a
substitute for heroin and other illegal drugs.
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DEMCZUK, 66, of Livingston, New Jersey, and CUKIER, 24,
of Edison, New Jersey, are each charged with one count of
conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and one count of distributing
Mr. BHARARA praised the investigative work of the FBI
and the NYPD, and thanked the New York State Bureau of Narcotics
Enforcement for their assistance in the investigation. He added
that the investigation is continuing.
This case is being handled by the Office’s Narcotics
Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys RYAN P. POSCABLO and JESSICA
ORTIZ are in charge of the prosecution.
The charges contained in the Complaint are merely
accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and
until proven guilty.