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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Ohio Man Pleads Guilty to Holding for Sale or Dispensing Counterfeit ED Pills

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Columbus, Ohio, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of holding a counterfeit drug for sale or dispensing, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Rahnon Carter, 39, pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on December 19, 2016, Carter was found holding for sale or dispensing 967 counterfeit Viagra pills and 120 counterfeit Cialis pills. Carter also accepted responsibility for holding for sale or dispensing 4,500 counterfeit Viagra pills on November 23, 2016, and 39 counterfeit Viagra pills and 120 counterfeit Cialis pills on December 15, 2016.

Judge Ambrose scheduled sentencing for January 9, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of not more than one year in prison, a fine of not more than $1,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The Food and Drug Administration – Office of Criminal Investigations, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Rahnon Carter.

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Updated September 11, 2019