Online Marketer of Fake Viagra, Cialis Gets 2-Year Sentence
HOUSTON — An Internet marketer received a two-year federal prison term last month after he was found guilty of selling thousands of counterfeit Viagra and Cialis.
Luis Garcia Torres was convicted at U.S. District Court in Houston last summer of 12 counts of trafficking in counterfeit products over the web.
He could have received a 10-year term over the charges.
Prosecutors at trial presented evidence that Garcia sold bogus Viagra and Cialis pills online for about $2 a piece.
The agents purchased about 3,600 Viagra and Cialis tablets from Torres online from January 2010 through August 2010.
The pharmaceuticals were later determined counterfeit by trademark holders Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly, as well as the FDA.
Torres of Puerto Rico was found to have worked with partners about techniques to evade detection and seizure by law enforcement officials, prosecutors said.
A jury convicted Torres of one felony count of conspiring to traffic in counterfeit goods, six felony counts of trafficking in counterfeit goods, three misdemeanor counts of causing the introduction into interstate commerce of drugs that are misbranded and two misdemeanor counts of trademark counterfeiting.
Torres, 41, remains free on bond as federal officials determine where he will serve his 21-month prison term.