Licensed Pharmacist, Richard Schirripa Pleads Guilty To Making False Statements To The DEA About Controlled Substances
(STL.News) Audrey Strauss, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that RICHARD SCHIRRIPA pled guilty to making materially false statements to officers of the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”). On two occasions in 2020, SCHIRRIPA falsely represented that, as part of the recent closure of his pharmacy in Manhattan, he had sold, transferred, or destroyed all controlled substances. In fact, he remained in possession of thousands of controlled substance pills/patches in his home, including fentanyl and oxycodone, which had been prescribed to others. SCHIRRIPA pled guilty today before U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels, to whom his case is assigned.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said: “When a pharmacy closes, powerful controlled substances frequently change hands – a potentially fraught moment. As Richard Schirripa admitted today, he lied to the DEA twice about what he had done with large quantities of dangerous controlled substances, including potentially lethal fentanyl, when he closed his pharmacy. Schirripa now awaits sentencing for his crime.”
According to the allegations in the Information, court filings, and statements made in court:
In or around January 2020, Madison Avenue Pharmacy (“MAP”) – which SCHIRRIPA had owned for many years – closed.