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August 12, 2010: East Boston Woman Sentenced for Illegally Selling Prescription Drugs

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For Immediate Release
August 12, 2010

U.S. Department of Justice
District of Massachusetts
U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz
Contact: Christina Dilorio-Sterling
(617) 748-3356


BOSTON, Mass. - An East Boston woman was sentenced today in federal court for illegally selling prescription medications.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Steven Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Boston Field Division and Mark Dragonetti, Special Agent in Charge of the Food and Drug Administration - Office of Criminal Investigations, announced today that ELIZABETH CORDEIRO-BOSI, 58, of East Boston, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Joseph L. Tauro to one year probation. CORDERIO-BOSI pled guilty to one count of illegally possessing with intent to distribute a controlled substance and one count of misbranding by selling a pharmaceutical drug without a prescription on May 10, 2010.

At the earlier plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that for a two year period beginning in June, 2007 through May, 2009, CORDEIRO-BOSI accepted deliveries of fenproporex, commonly known as the “Brazilian diet drug,” from a source based in Brazil. CORDEIRO-BOSI distributed this drug to her own customers, or shipped it to different addresses supplied to her by the Brazilian source. CORDEIRO-BOSI also admitted that during this time period, she placed orders on Internet sites for prescription drugs. After she received the drugs, she sold them to customers who would receive them at her apartment.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Food and Drug Administration. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan M. Poswistilo of Ortiz’s Health Care Fraud Unit.


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