CARMEL, NEW YORK – August 27, 2020 Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced
today the conviction of Aatif Khan for Grand Larceny in the Second Degree. Khan was convicted for stealing
in excess of $100,000 worth of diabetic test strips over the course of two years, while he was employed at
JNR Pharmacy in Brewster. He then went on to sell the stolen test strips to various third parties throughout
the country, whereby he personally amassed substantial financial gain. Khan was also convicted of Criminal
Tax Fraud in the Fourth Degree after it was discovered that he failed to report any of the income that he
acquired from the sale of the stolen property.
District Attorney Tendy took the opportunity to send a message to those who may want or attempt to commit
crimes against local businesses. “These convictions hopefully will send the message that my office will
zealously prosecute anyone who steals from businesses in Putnam County. We take this very seriously and
will work with local businesses if there is suspicion of criminal activity.”
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Nicholas LaStella in collaboration with Senior
Criminal Investigator Michael Benvie, also of the District Attorney’s Office. “Gathering the evidence needed
to secure this conviction was challenging and it required locating witnesses from across the country–but
Mike and Nick were simply relentless in their pursuit of justice and they put together an overwhelming case
against Aatif Khan,” said Tendy.
Tendy thanked multiple law enforcement agencies and personnel including Investigator Anthony Nappi of
the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, and Bryan
Smyers of the Pennsylvania State Police.
Tendy also stated that this case represents one of the largest asset forfeiture cases in the history of the District
Attorney’s Office. Khan’s illegally obtained proceeds in this case will be used to amplify law enforcement
efforts and to promote the safety of the residents of Putnam County. “The victim has been reimbursed for the
loss his business suffered, and Mr. Khan has paid back all of the proceeds of this crime, and then some. In
addition to the asset forfeiture we collected, he is on the hook for a significant sum of money in the form of
unpaid taxes, penalties, and interest owed to the State of New York Department of Taxation and Finance for
his felony tax fraud conviction.”
Sentencing is scheduled for October 27.

Author: Harlem Valley News