Long Island drugmaker supervisor convicted of product theft

A former supervisor for a Long Island drug manufacturer is heading to federal prison for stealing animal drugs.

Gregory Settino, 60, of Bethpage, Nassau County, was sentenced to one year and one day behind bars on Wednesday (April 20) in federal court in Central Islip. He was also ordered to pay restitution of more than $800,000.

Settino had pleaded guilty to stealing approximately $750,000 worth of Adequan drugs from his employer, American Regent, in Shirley. Adequan is an injectable medication usually given to horses and dogs to treat the degenerative effects of arthritis.

Federal prosecutors alleged Settino stole the drugs over an eight-year period, between 2012 and 2020, and sold them for hundreds of thousands of dollars to trainers and veterinarians at New York racetracks.

At times he carried the drugs in shoeboxes in his car, prosecutors said.

“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.”

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