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Calif. man sentenced in NH for HIV drug Serostim conspiracy
  The Associated Press
Posted: 06/04/2009 03:38:21 PM PDT
CONCORD, N.H.-A California man has been sentenced in New Hampshire to more than four years in prison and ordered to forfeit $1 million for a scheme to buy medicine from HIV-infected patients and distribute it around the country. Sixty-three-year-old Thomas Lavery of Irvine, Ca., pleaded guilty to 44 charges, including wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy to illegally distribute prescription drugs.
Lavery admitted working with a California lawyer and a New Hampshire medicine wholesaler to buy large quantities of Serostim from patients in California, then creating false paperwork to sell it to legitimate distributors.
Lawyer Robert McFadden of Palm Beach, Calif., previously was sentenced to three years. Beth Handy of Milford, N.H., pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.
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