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Letter: Scam of HIV patients was unconscionable

An undated photo provided by the Centers for

An undated photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a scanning electron micrograph of multiple round bumps of the HIV-1 virus on a cell surface. Credit: AP

“Druggist gets prison in HIV medicine scam” [News, Oct. 28] is a classic, albeit shocking, example of what happens when protectors of the public trust and confidence become tricksters.

I am glad that the mastermind of the dubious scheme in reselling HIV drugs, Ira Gross of Babylon, has been brought to book and sentenced for his criminal acts. Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman hit the nail on the head when he said, “The defendant not only cheated the state Medicaid program, but also preyed on some of New York’s most vulnerable.”

Atul M. Karnik, Woodside


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