The supervisor of a Shirley-based drugmaker has been convicted in Central Islip Federal Court of larceny.
Gregory Settino, of Bethpage, was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for stealing medical supplies worth an estimated $750,000. He was also ordered to pay restitution of $847,093.
“Today’s sentence is the finish line of Gregory Settino’s criminal conduct. He stole thousands of drug bottles, ignored safe handling practices and allowed them to be given to horses at New York racetracks without concern for the health of animals – focusing solely on one’s own personal gain,” U.S. Attorney Breon Peace said in a statement. “Those who compromise the safety of drugs and endanger the health of others will be held liable. responsible and will suffer serious consequences.”
“The FDA guarantees that veterinary drugs are safe and effective to keep animals healthy. Drugs that are removed from the legitimate supply chain pose a risk to the animals that take them,” Acting Special Agent in Charge Ronne Malham said in a statement.
“We will continue to investigate and bring to justice those who endanger animal health,” he added.
As admitted to the defendant’s plea, Settino, served as a manufacturing supervisor at the manufacturer, American Regent, formerly Luitpold Pharmaceuticals in Shirley. Settino stole Adequan, a drug made there, officials said.
Adequan is an injectable equine drug given to horses to treat degenerative drug diseases The thefts of thousands of bottles of Adequan by Settino spanned an eight-year period, from 2012 to 2020, and Settino sold these drugs worth from $750,000 to hundreds of thousands of dollars to trainers and veterinarians at New York racetracks, including Belmont Park, officials said.
Settino’s conduct endangered the horses’ health because the drugs were not maintained, stored, or transported according to proper procedures to ensure drug safety, efficacy, and effectiveness. At times, Settino carried the drugs in shoeboxes stored in his car, officials said.