Charlotte Man In Jail For Selling Fake Viagra Pills
CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- Authorities say a man sold over 500 counterfeit erectile dysfunction pills in Charlotte.
Awni Shauaib Zayyad, 56, has been convicted of selling phony Viagra and Cialis pills at a Charlotte convenience store in 2010. He was sentenced this week to two years in federal prison and a $10,000 fine.
According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, Zayyad was carrying 500 fake Viagra pills and over 200 fake Cialis pills in his vehicle at the time of the arrest. The pills reportedly had some of the active ingredients of the medications, but the strength was unknown. Investigators say the pills could carry a medical risk to anyone who took them.
He was charged with conspiracy to traffic counterfeit prescription medications bearing counterfeit trademarks, trafficking counterfeit prescriptions bearing counterfeit trademarks, and selling and holding for sale counterfeit prescription medications with intent to defraud and mislead.