A Georgia man was recently sentenced to more than five years in prison for running an illegal online pharmacy.
Christopher Stoufflet helped start a business called eScriptsmd.com in 2001 that sold prescription medications over the internet, according to the AtlantaJournal-Constitution. Two years ago, Stoufflet pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and to commit money laundering in connection with his website’s business. A federal judge recently sentenced the 42-year-old to five years and 10 months in a federal penitentiary.
The issue with the business was that Stoufflet was selling drugs over the internet based on prescriptions he obtained from doctors, according to Sally Quillian Yates, the U.S. District Attorney in Atlanta. These prescriptions were issued “without a legitimate doctor-patient relationship,” Yates told the news source.
Over its period of operation, eScriptsmd.com sold more than $75 million in prescription medications such as Phendimetrazine, Phentermine and sibutraminehydrochloride, according to Yates.
In addition to handing down the prison sentence, the federal judge ordered Stoufflet to forfeit $1.75 million in assets. He will also undergo three years of supervised release once he leaves prison.