Nashville Man Charged with Buying Counterfeit Drugs Internationally, Selling Locally
Edward Dwayne Clark, 44, of Antioch, TN, was arrested on August 22, 2011, and charged with three federal felonies for purchasing counterfeit medicine through the mail and selling them in the Nashville, TN area.
The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee has charged Clark with selling counterfeit medicine with intent to mislead and defraud, trafficking in counterfeit goods, and using a fake name on postal parcels to sell counterfeit medicine. Clark surrendered to federal authorities on August 22, and was placed on pretrial supervision.
Clark faces a maximum sentence of 18 years in prison and a $2.5 million fine of convicted of all charges, reports the U.S. Department of Justice.
Court documents charge Clark with ordering over 77,000 counterfeit erectile dysfunction tables through a fake online pharmacy that mailed the parcels from foreign countries. Clark, and others that worked for Clark, allegedly made wire transfers to pay for the counterfeit medicine, which Clark allegedly sold locally. “Counterfeit prescription drugs pose a significant risk to the public since these drugs are not tested for safety, content, or purity by the Food and Drug Administration,” said U.S. Attorney Jerry Martin. “Although the Internet makes it easy to order fake drugs from foreign countries, persons who sell these counterfeit drugs to make illegal profits at the expense of the public’s health risk substantial prison time.”
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