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Posted at 07:13 PM ET, 09/30/2011

Md. man pleads guilty to selling fake Viagra on Craigslist

A La Plata man pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Baltimore to conspiring to sell counterfeit Viagra tablets on Craigslist and through other means, Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said.

Dwayne Alan Skiles, 34, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz.

According to his plea agreement, Skiles conspired with a Waldorf woman named Sarah Anne Balsey Knott to sell fake Viagra tablets during a four-month period. The tablets, which Skiles and Knott sold them through ads on Craigslist, bore fake Viagra trademarks, according to court papers. They also marketed the fake Viagra via e-mails and phone calls, authorities alleged.

Skiles and Knott collaborated on their scheme from November 2009 through February 2010, federal prosecutors said. The plot began to unravel when an investigator for the Pfizer Corporation contacted the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in February 2010, to report having made undercover buys of the fake pharmaceutical on Craigslist from someone who identified himself as Knott.

On Jan. 6, 2011, federal agents executed a search warrant at Knott’s home and seized 45,684 counterfeit Viagra tablets, federal prosecutors said.

Skiles is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 20. Knott has pleaded guilty to trafficking in counterfeit Viagra tablets and was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay $8,425 in restitution.

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