Ariz. couple plead guilty in Internet drug case

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PHOENIX -- A Lake Havasu City couple pleaded guilty to conspiracy and introducing misbranded drugs to the public after they were caught selling imported Indian-made knockoffs of popular prescription drugs.

The couple, identified as 52-year-old Randy T. French and 42-year-old Sheila T. French, acknowledged before a federal judge that from 2004 to 2006 their illegal prescription drug business, Prescription Buyers Group, generated revenues of more than $2.5 million.

U.S. Attorney Diane J. Humetewa says the Frenches knowingly sent imitation drugs to unsuspecting victims, some of whom have very serious health conditions.

According to the indictment, the couple's firm offered more than 600 name-brand drugs, including blockbusters such as Viagra, Celebrex, and Lipitor, at deep discounts through its Web site and toll-free telephone lines.

The Frenches face stiff fines and prison when they're sentenced later this year.

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