|April 8, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced the sentencing of Jorge Castillo to 25 years in prison. Castillo, 45, of Miami Lakes, ran a drug diversion enterprise stretching from South Florida to Tennessee, Michigan, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey. At the time of his arrest, Castillo planned to expand the enterprise into Puerto Rico. Attorney General Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, with assistance of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Food and Drug Administration’s Chicago Field Office, investigated the case. Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution prosecuted the case.
As part of the enterprise that operated from 2005 until Castillo’s arrest in 2013, Castillo bought and sold more than $42 million in black market pharmaceuticals. Castillo purchased the majority of the drugs on the streets from Medicaid recipients in South Florida, New York and Newark, and through his pharmaceutical wholesale businesses, resold the drugs to pharmacies around the country.
Also involved in this case are Vicky Castillo, Castillo’s wife, and Allie White, who both previously pled guilty to charges related to the drug enterprise. Additionally Gil Hevia, known to reside in South Florida, Orlando, Texas and Puerto Rico, is wanted in connection to this case.
Last summer, Castillo pled guilty to trafficking in contraband prescription drugs, conspiracy to traffic in contraband prescription drugs, organized scheme to defraud and five counts of money laundering. The Honorable Elizabeth Scherer, Circuit Judge for the 17th Judicial Circuit, sentenced Castillo to 25 years in prison on all counts to run concurrently and $200,000 in fines. Additionally, the Attorney General’s Civil Litigation Division filed a civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations action and obtained the forfeiture of more than $200,000 in cash, assets and other personal property.