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L.A. man convicted of selling homemade medicines for bird flu, TB

March 23, 2011 |  6:32 pm

A Los Angeles man was convicted Wednesday on two misdemeanor counts of selling homemade concoctions that supposedly cured bird flu, tuberculosis and other ailments.

Sami Arshak Yanikian, 62, used a website to market products that included "Sam's Inhaler Spray for Viral Respiratory Infections" and "Sam's Universal Oral Spray," according to the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles.

Prosecutors said Yanikian sold some of his products to an undercover agent in Arizona.

He is scheduled to be sentenced June 6 at the federal courthouse downtown.


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