DETROIT (WWJ) – The United Attorney’s Office says a man who operated a Detroit pharmacy has been indicted on charges he knowingly filled forged prescriptions for controlled substances and used money from the scam to purchase luxury vehicles and a home in West Bloomfield.
Investigators say 41-year-old Michael Madu of West Bloomfield was charged with conspiring to distribute controlled substances and money laundering. Madu operated Mykal’s Discount Pharmacy on Livernois Avenue in Detroit.READ MORE: Michigan Matters: Theaters & Politics
According to the indictment, Madu knowingly filled forged prescriptions for Opana, Vicodin and Xanax. Investigators say Madu used the proceeds from the conspiracy to purchase two Infiniti vehicles and a residence in West Bloomfield.READ MORE: CDC: New Listeria Outbreak Tied To 23 Illnesses, 1 Death
The indictment says in April of 2010, Madu used a $42,758 cashier’s check, bought with money from his pharmacy’s bank account, to buy a 2008 Infiniti. Four months later, he used a $39,000 cashier’s check to buy a 2011 Infiniti, and a week later he used another cashier’s check for $324,974 to buy a home in West Bloomfield.
DEA Special Agent in Charge Robert Corso said Madu abused his position of trust as a pharmacist, and jeopardized numerous lives by illegally distributing controlled substances throughout southeast Michigan.MORE NEWS: Red Wings Hire Lightning Assistant Derek Lalonde As Coach
A second individual was also charged in the indictment — Tajkease Davis allegedly helped distribute the prescription drugs after they were filled, for illegitimate purposes.