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April 14, 2010

BOSTON, MA - An East Boston woman was charged today in federal court with possessing, with intent to distribute, a Schedule IV controlled substance, and with dispensing drugs without a prescription in violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Steven Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Boston Field Division and Mark Dragonetti, Special Agent in Charge of the Food and Drug Administration - Office of Criminal Investigations, announced today that ELIZABETH CORDEIRO-BOSI, 57, of East Boston, Mass., was charged in a two count Information with possessing fenproporex, a Schedule IV controlled substance, with intent to distribute and with dispensing the drug amoxicillin without a prescription.

In a Statement of Facts filed with the Court, CORDEIRO-BOSI admitted that for a two year period beginning in June 2007 through May 2009, she accepted deliveries of fenproporex, commonly known as the “Brazilian diet drug,” from a source based in Brazil. She distributed this drug to her own customers, or shipped it to different addresses supplied to her by the Brazilian source. She also admitted that during this time period, she placed orders on Internet sites for prescription drugs. After she received the drugs, she allegedly sold them to customers who would receive them at her apartment.

If convicted on these charges, CORDEIRO-BOSI faces up to 3 years imprisonment, to be followed by 1 year of supervised release and a $3,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Food and Drug Administration. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan M. Poswistilo of Ortiz’s Health Care Fraud Unit.

The details contained in the Information are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


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