Western Pa. residents snared by website selling illegal prescription drugs, indictment says

Aaron Aupperlee
| Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, 6:39 p.m.

At least six people from Western Pennsylvania unknowingly bought illegal prescription drugs from a website that shipped medication from India, according to a federal indictment unsealed on Monday.

Federal prosecutors charged brothers, Javed Sunesra, 36, of Live Oak, Fla. and Zuned Sunesra, 34, of West Mumbai, India; their mother, Bismilla Sunesra, 59, of Sidney Point, India; and their cousin, Taimur Khan, 32, of Vancouver; with 17 counts.

The family sold the drugs through a network of websites that generated millions of dollars and had more than 40,000 customers worldwide, according to the indictment. They claimed the drugs were approved by the Food and Drug Administration, but an undercover FDA operation found the drugs were made in unauthorized factories in India.

Customers from Cranberry, Greensburg, Verona, Rankin and Pittsburgh bought prescription drugs from the websites.

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