11 people have been indicted in an $8.6 million prescription drug importation scheme operating out of Crystal City, Virginia. Called Gallant Pharma International, the business has been shuttered due to allegations that they were operating a prescription drug distribution business illegally and importing non-FDA approved drugs into United States. Once the drugs arrived in the U.S., they were then repackaged with labeling designed to make them seem genuine and FDA-approved. Both employees and owners of Gallant Pharma International have been indicted on 17 different charges ranging from importation of misbranded drugs into US commerce, to wire fraud, and unlicensed medical wholesaling. 11 of the indicted have been convicted or plead guilty including: Syed “Farhan” Huda, of Arlington, Virginia; Deeba Mallick, of Arlington, Virginia; Anoushirvan R. Sarraf, of Rockville, Maryland; Talib Khan, of Montreal, Canada, and Barbados; Harvey Whitehead, of Troy, Michigan; Lisa Coroniti, of Devon, Pennsylvania; and Robert J. Sparks, of Springfield, Virginia. Additionally, one person under indictment, Munajj Rochelle, is currently incarcerated in Montreal, Canada, on unrelated charges. There have been arrest warrants issued for the remaining three defendants, Patricia Durr, of Boynton Beach, Florida, Robert Wachna of Ottawa, Canada, and Mirwaiss Aminzada, of Montreal, Canada.
Who: Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations (FDA_OCI), Drug Enforcement Agency Group 33 Diversion Task Force, Department of Homeland Security Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Arlington County Police Department.
When: May 9 2014, 2009-2013.
Where:Crystal City Virginia, U.S.A.
How: Investigation by The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigation.
Additional details: Gallant Pharma International posed as a Canadian pharmaceutical company shipping low-cost drugs from Canada to doctors. In actual fact they purchased their drugs from other foreign countries such as Turkey and India.
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