Man sentenced in illegal mail-order pharmacy scheme
A 45-year-old man from Northern California has been sentenced in San Diego federal court to six months in custody and fined $3,000 for running an illegal mail-order pharmacy selling prescription drugs for erectile dysfunction, baldness and muscle soreness.
Ian Fischman also was ordered by U.S. District Judge Thomas J. Whelan on Monday to forfeit the $100,000 in profits earned by selling drugs over the Internet to people without prescriptions. Fischman was living in Mexico from 2002 to 2007 when the offense occurred, according to prosecutors.
More than 250 people received the "lifestyle" drugs, which Fischman arranged to have manufactured in Mexico and India, prosecutors said.
Profits were deposited in credit card accounts and then to banks in Mexico and Switzerland through banks in San Diego and San Francisco, according to court documents.
Fischman, who lived in Woodside in the San Francisco Bay Area, pleaded guilty to money laundering.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego