Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations
March 17, 2011: Elk Grove Man Pleads Guilty to Importing Counterfeit Viagra and Cialis from China
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that Troy James Taylor, 39, of Elk Grove, pleaded guilty today to sale of counterfeit drugs with the intent to defraud, stemming from his illegal importation of counterfeit Viagra and Cialis tablets from China.
This case is the product of a joint investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Stegman is prosecuting the case.
According to court documents, from at least May of 2007 through March of 2008, Taylor illegally imported counterfeit Viagra and Cialis tablets from China, and sold them on Craigslist.com and elsewhere.
The investigation began on May 8, 2007, when U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the San Francisco Airmail Facility intercepted a package addressed to Taylor containing over 1,000 counterfeit prescription tablets of Viagra and Cialis that Taylor had attempted to import from Shanghai through the United States mail. The tablets were packaged in authentic-looking blister packs that were marked as either Viagra or Cialis.
Additional shipments of counterfeit Viagra and Cialis addressed to Taylor were intercepted either at the San Francisco Airmail Facility or at the post office on nine occasions between August 2007 and March 2008. The FDA lab confirmed that the seized Viagra and Cialis were counterfeit.
Taylor is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on June 2, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. The maximum statutory penalty for the violation is three years in prison, to be followed by one year of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.
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