Superseding Indictment Charges Philadelphia Man With Smuggling Counterfeit Viagra and Cialis
Randy Hucks, 50, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was charged today by superseding indictment with two counts of mail fraud, two counts of smuggling goods into the United States, and one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. These charges are in addition to the one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods on which he was orginally indicted.
According to the indictment, Hucks rented several mail boxes at the U.S. Postal Facility at 5209 Greene Street on behalf of businesses that he allegedly owned under such names as Bargain Basket, Inc., Fashionista, Inc., and Fashionista Emporium, Inc. As part of the alleged scheme, Hucks illegally imported 10,188 counterfeit Viagra tablets and 3,040 counterfeit Cialis from factories in China. Hucks allegedly smuggled the pills into the U.S. via International Mail and used the U.S. Postal System to further his scheme of obtaining the counterfeit pills for illegal sale to unsuspecting consumers in the U.S.
If convicted the defendant faces a statutory maximum possible sentence of 100 years imprisonment, three years of supervised release, a fine of up to $5 million, and a $600 special assessment.
The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Pamela D. Ransome.
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