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Jailed con artist describes role in Google case

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 11:05am
The Associated Press

The jailed con artist who participated in the probe that resulted in Google Inc. forfeiting $500 million is describing for the first time how he got into selling drugs online from Mexico.

In an interview with The Associated Press, 37-year-old David Whitaker says he started selling drugs online to support himself in Mexico while running from a federal indictment for a multimillion dollar fraud case in Rhode Island.

After his arrest in 2008, Whitaker says he was enlisted to test whether Google representatives would allow ads for prescription drugs that were manufactured overseas and did not require a valid prescription for purchase.

By forfeiting the $500 million, Google avoided criminal prosecution for allegations that it profited from ad sales promoting rogue pharmacies that illegally imported drugs into the United States.

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