Two Israeli Citizens Plead Guilty to Importing Counterfeit Drugs to US

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Two Israeli citizens, Benny Carmi and Moshe Dahan, pleaded guilty to smuggling counterfeit and misbranded drugs in the US. The Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) explained that “both men operated an Internet business in Israel that used multiple websites, including ‘,’ ‘,’ and others to illegally sell large amounts of prescription drugs to U.S. purchasers, including approximately 9,029 separate drug shipments…generating approximately $1,475,363 in gross proceeds.”.

Who: FDA Office of Criminal Investigations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with assistance from the Israeli National Police.

When: April 24, 2012; Unknown.

Where: Saint Louis, Missouri, United States.

How: Carmi and Dahan were indicted as a result of “undercover” purchases by investigators.

Additional details:Carmi and Dahan were originally indicted on a smuggling charge .

Related sources:

April 24, 2012: Two Israeli Men Sentenced for Smuggling Counterfeit and Misbranded Cialis into the United States,” FDA Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement and Criminal Investigations. April 24, 2012.

Two sentenced in St. Louis for selling unapproved drugs from Israel,” Saint Louis Today. April 25, 2012.

Benny Carmi, Moshe Dahan sentenced for selling fake prescription drugs in U.S.,” April 24, 2012.