3 California Men, Minnesota Company Charged in Drug Scheme

CINCINNATI (AP) – Three California men and a Minnesota company accused in a prescription drug diversion scheme involving hundreds of millions of dollars have been indicted in federal court in Ohio. 

A Justice Department statement says a 50-year-old man from Santa Ana, California, and a 38-year-old man and 29-year-old man from Encino, California, were indicted Thursday in Cincinnati. A company in Eagan, Minnesota, also is charged. 

The indictment alleges they engaged in a conspiracy to sell nearly $400 million worth of prescription drugs from illegal, unlicensed sources to wholesalers and pharmacies throughout the United States, including Ohio. The indictment charges the defendants with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, multiple counts of mail fraud, and conspiracy to distribute prescription drugs without a license and to make false statements.