Prosecutors: 33 indicted in prescription drug, fraud schemes

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Posted: May 07, 2015 8:33 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal authorities say nearly three dozen people are facing charges in California as part of a criminal network that illegally sold millions of dollars in prescription drugs.

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced Thursday that 32 defendants had been arrested and an additional defendant remained at large.

Prosecutors say 45-year-old Ara Karapedyan, 29-year-old Mihran Stepanyan and 38-year-old Artur Stepanyan were at the center of the enterprise that included activity in Minnesota, Ohio and Puerto Rico.

In addition to illegal prescription drug sales, the group was indicted on charges of bank fraud, money laundering and racketeering.

Prosecutors say two men paid $1,500 to have someone killed, but the hit was never carried out.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said it did not know whether any of the defendants had attorneys.