It’s a Crime! Two Charged in Viagra Theft

Two men from Ohio have been charged in court for their roles in a conspiracy in which one stole bottles of Viagra and Cialis and the other sold the pills on the street

Mahmoud Mustafa, 63, of Lakewood, and Zacresha Jackson, 39, of South Euclid, were charged with conspiracy to distribute misbranded pharmaceuticals.

Jackson was employed as a pharmacy technician in the retail pharmacy of the Taussig Cancer Center at the Cleveland Clinic. Jackson agreed to steal bottles of Viagra and Cialis pills from the pharmacy and sell them to Mustafa, who then allegedly re-sold the pills.

Consumers bought the pills without a prescription, without being required to consult a physician, and without receiving proper notice of the risks associated with taking these prescription medications, according to court papers.

First Bank Robbery in U.S. History

Banks had operated in America for about a half century before someone tried to make an unauthorized withdrawal.

In March 1831, Edward Smith committed the first bank robbery in the United States, hitting the City Bank on New York’s Wall Street. He entered the bank after it closed by using a duplicate set of keys, and got away with $245,000, a huge sum at the time. By various calculations, that would be worth from $5.4 million to $6.6 million today.

But he was caught, convicted and spent five years in New York’s Sing-Sing Prison. Now, across the nation, there are over 97,000 commercial banking establishments. Bank deposits total nearly $11.6 trillion.

Same Defendant, Same Bank, Different Year

A Wichita, Kansas, man has been sentenced for robbing a bank that he robbed once before — eight years ago.

Mark Finnigin, 52, was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison. He pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery. In his plea, he admitted that on July 22, 2014, he robbed Emprise Bank in Wichita.

He entered the bank about 9:40 a.m. and demanded that a clerk give him $10,000. The clerk put some cash on the counter. Before she could finish, Finnigin took the money and fled the bank. From a nearby store, a surveillance camera recorded him getting in a minivan.

In 2007, he pleaded guilty to robbing the same bank. He was sentenced to 51 months in that case.

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