15 September 2004 LAWFUEL – Best for law news, crime news, attorney, legal research, prosecutionsA federal grand jury in Los Angeles today indicted an Upland resident for allegedly trafficking in millions of dollars worth of counterfeit Viagra tablets, some of which were manufactured at a San Gabriel Valley laboratory.
Frank Fu Jen Huang, 58, was named in a seven-count indictment that could bring the defendant up to 51 years in federal prison and millions of dollars in fines.
The indictment alleges that Huang conspired with others to import at least 50,000 counterfeit Viagra tablets manufactured in China into the United States. Despite Huang using aliases and “mail drops,” officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Food and Drug Administration intercepted several shipments that contained about half of those pills.
The indictment also alleges that Huang and others manufactured 700,000 tablets of counterfeit Viagra at Truett Laboratories, Inc., in Azusa.
The counterfeit Viagra was valued at over $5.6 million.
An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Huang was arrested pursuant to a criminal complaint last month. He is currently free on bond and is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday, September 20.