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Online Viagra Dealers Convicted

February 20, 2002

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) _ A man and a woman have been convicted of illegally dispensing Viagra and other prescription drugs through a multimillion-dollar Web site.

A jury convicted Anton Pusztai and his fiance, Anita Yates, on charges including Food and Drug Administration violations, money laundering and mail fraud, the U.S. attorney’s office said Tuesday. The verdict was reached on Saturday.

Prosecutors said the couple sold Viagra, Xenical, Celebrex and Propecia to consumers who did not have valid prescriptions through the Web-based Norfolk Men’s Clinic, operating out of Clanton.

Based on figures provided by Yates, the clinic and a companion pharmacy in West Virginia handled drug sales totaling nearly $55 million annually.

Jurors acquitted Clanton physician Roger Eiland, who allegedly rewrote foreign prescriptions given to him by Yates and Pusztai, who was described as being from Australia but lived with Yates in Clanton.

No sentencing date was set. The money laundering conviction carries a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. The other charges Pusztai and Yates were convicted on carry possible maximum penalties of five and three years.

Co-defendant Yvan Degomme, president of Miami-based drug wholesale company All International Co., pleaded guilty in November to dispensing misbranded prescription drugs and obstruction of justice.

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