Modesto Man Pleads Guilty in Multistate Conspiracy to Sell Counterfeit Erectile-Dysfunction Drugs
FRESNO, CA—Anthony Pollino, 37, of Modesto, pleaded guilty today to one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, Pollino, along with several co-defendants, conspired to obtain counterfeit copies of the erectile-dysfunction drugs Viagra®, Cialis®, and Levitra®, along with their packaging, and sell them to consumers throughout California and in the Las Vegas, Nevada area. The defendants assured buyers their products were genuine when they were actually cheaply made foreign copies of the drugs. The defendants operated as a business, calling their operation the “California Confidence Company.” Pollino admitted that the value of the counterfeit products attributable to him as over $350,000.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Michael G. Tierney and Henry Z. Carbajal III are prosecuting the case.
Pollino is in custody and is scheduled to be sentenced by Senior United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii on October 5, 2015. He faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $5 million fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.