NC man sentenced to prison for selling fake Viagra

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A North Carolina man has been sentenced to federal prison for selling counterfeit Viagra and Cialis pills.

WBTV reports Awni Shauaib Zayyad, 56, of Wilson, was sentenced to two years in prion.  He was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and will serve two years under court supervision after his release from prison.

Zayyad was convicted of one count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit prescription medications containing counterfeit trademarks, two counts of trafficking in counterfeit prescription medications bearing counterfeit trademarks, and two counts of selling and holding for sale counterfeit prescription medications with intent to defraud and mislead.

According to WBTV, evidence presented at Zayyad’s trial showed he sold more than 500 counterfeit Viagra pills at a convenience store in Charlotte on June 24, 2010.

When Zayyad was stopped while driving to the same store on August 23, 2010, officers reportedly found another 500 counterfeit Viagra pills and more than 200 counterfeit Cialis pills hidden in his vehicle.

The counterfeit pills had a combined wholesale value of more than $40,000, WBTV reports.

Read more: WBTV.com

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