Defendant Sentenced in Multi-Million-Dollar Baby Formula Fraud Scheme Blamed the Trucker ‘Morons That Elected’ Donald Trump for Getting Him Caught: Documents

Three Florida residents are headed to prison for the next 18 years in what federal prosecutors described as a $100 million fraud scheme that involved “cheat[ing] U.S. manufacturers of infant formula, eye-care products, and other FDA-regulated items.”

Johnny Grobman, 48, Raoul Doekhie, 53, and Sherida Nabi, 57, all of whom are described as being from South Florida, “secured deep price discounts for infant formula and other items by lying to the U.S. manufacturers of the products,” the U.S. Department of Justice said in a press release. Each profited into the tens of millions of dollars, the DOJ said.
“For 12 years+, the Defendants worked hard at defrauding U.S. businesses both large and small,” the memo indicated. “The truth, in the form of an honest truck driver or a well-hidden GPS device, was their primary obstacle. And for 12 years+, they mostly succeeded.”

The sentencing memorandum said the scheme unraveled when, in 2017, “a small organic food company discovered the Defendants’ fraud after a carrier reported that goods intended for Suriname were instead being delivered to a U.S. customer’s warehouse.”
“Doekhie previously admitted that his fraudulent company had a net worth of $28,000,000.00,” the feds also wrote in the sentencing memo. “This exorbitant wealth was not earned; it was swindled.”

A federal jury found the trio guilty of the following crimes on Feb. 6, 2020, after a 13-day trial: conspiring to commit wire fraud; wire fraud; money laundering; conspiring to obtain pre-retail medical products worth $5,000 or more by fraud or deception, theft of pre-retail medical products; and smuggling goods from the United States.