Apr 30, 2015 4:50 PM
Salesman arraigned in NH for selling drugs online with false claims
CONCORD – A modern "snake oil" salesman who allegedly sold N.H. residents medicine he falsely claimed would cure various diseases was arraigned Thursday in U.S. District Court.
Mustafa H. Arif, who holds dual citizenship in Pakistan and the United Kingdom, was indicted for his alleged role in a large-scale international scheme to defraud individuals of more than $12 million, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Donald Feith.
Arif faces three counts, one for wire fraud and two for shipping misbranded drugs. Authorities say he was working from Pakistan, operating websites that promoted the sale of drugs to New Hampshire residents and many others for a number of serious and incurable illnesses.
Arif has been held since he was arrested in February 2014 in New York City and was subsequently brought to New Hampshire to face charges. The investigation of Arif involved both national and international law enforcement agencies.
The case is scheduled for trial on June 16, 2015. If convicted on the pending charges, Arif faces up to 20 years in prison for the wire fraud and up to three years in prison for each count of selling misbranded drugs.