Port Orange Man Sentenced To Prison For Trafficking Counterfeit Viagra And Cialis
Orlando, Florida - U.S. Senior U.S. District Judge G. Kendall Sharp yesterday sentenced Gregory Bochter (40, Port Orange) to 8 months in federal prison for trafficking in counterfeit goods. The court also ordered Bochter to pay $149,595.27 in restitution and to serve 3 years of supervised release. Bochter pled guilty on May 16, 2012.
According to court documents, Bochter obtained counterfeit Viagra and Cialis pills from two companies located outside the United States. Customers contacted the companies by e-mail and placed their orders and made payments via the internet. The companies would then send the counterfeit Viagra and Cialis pills to Bochter, who would package and mail the counterfeit pills to individuals located in the United States.
On October 18, 2010, Homeland Security Investigations special agents seized a parcel of 1,312 counterfeit Viagra pills that Bochter was attempting to import into the United States, from China. These Viagra tablets contained only 30 percent of the active ingredient of a legitimate Viagra tablet. On October 25, 2010, Bochter received a notice from authorities advising him that the counterfeit pills had been seized. Despite receiving that notice, he continued to traffic in counterfeit Viagra and Cialis for almost another two months.
"People entrust that the medications they're taking are indeed what the label indicates," said Sue McCormick, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations Tampa. "Homeland Security Investigations conducts intellectual property rights investigations to ensure the health and safety of our public. Remember, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is not the true product. Consumers should only purchase products, especially those purchased online, from verified and trusted suppliers."
This case was investigated by U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, with assistance from the United States Postal Inspection Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg.