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US v. Arif , 17-1597

Affirmed a conviction and sentence for wire fraud for operating websites that sold non-prescription drugs as snake-oil cures based on fraudulent representations such as altered clinical studies. The defendant argued that he was prosecuted under the wrong statute because prosecutions such as his must be pursued exclusively by the Federal Trade Commission as false advertising cases, and not by the Department of Justice as wire fraud charges, which carry a higher penalty, an argument that was rejected by the First Circuit.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2018/07/18


  • Lynch


  • United States First Circuit


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