Three Louisiana men indicted for scheme to sell stolen HIV meds
BATON ROUGE – Federal prosecutors say four people, including three Louisiana residents, were indicted for conspiracy to sell stolen HIV medicine.
According to United States Attorney Walt Green, 35-year-old Alvin Watts,III, 35-year-old Troy Taylor, 37-year-old Broderick "Chris" Landry and 38-year-old Francis Asiedu Debrah were indicted with conspiracy to possess, transport and traffic pre-retail medical products.
Green said the four individuals schemed to sell HIV drugs that had been stolen from the Washington D.C Department of Health Pharmacy Warehouse where Debrah worked.
The indictment claims that Debrah and another individual not named in the indictment stole the medication and sold them to Watts who operated a pharmacy called "Doc Your Dose" in Gross Tete. Watts then sent Taylor and Landry to Washington, D.C. to purchase the drugs for cash. Watts then sold the drugs to customers at his pharmacy.
All four men were indicted for trafficking in embezzled pre-retail medical products. Watts, Taylor and Landry was indicted for transporting stolen goods in interstate commerce. Watts was also indicted on one count of receipt, possession, or sale of stolen property.
The matter is being handled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Office for the Middle District of Louisiana and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Office of Criminal Investigations with assistance from other FDA components and the Louisiana State Attorney General's Office Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Peter Smyczek and Kevin Sanchez.