Thursday, May 1, 2014

St. Louis Couple Gets Jail Time, $1 Million Fine for Selling Stolen Meds at South City Store

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click to enlarge Xtra Wholesale was selling whatever people could steal from CVS and Walgreens, according to the FBI. - GOOGLE MAPS
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A St. Louis couple will spend a combined eight years in prison and pay more than $1 million in restitution for selling over-the-counter drugs and other items stolen from Walgreens and CVS pharmacies at their Clifton Heights store.

Christian Ounanian and Gina Vogel paid people to steal from drug stores so they could sell the goods at their own shop, Xtra Wholesale, 6008 Southwest Avenue, near Sublette Park, between 2007 and September 2012, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh sentenced Ounanian, 43, to 63 months in prison Wednesday. Vogel, 38, was sentenced to 42 months in prison in March. The couple will also have to pay $1,008,890 in restitution.

See also: Missouri Stolen Dog Case Goes Viral: Man Offers Thieves Car if They Return His Pug "Dugout"

Ounanian and Vogel pleaded guilty to a felony count of conspiracy to transmit stolen goods and a felony count of interstate transportation of stolen goods.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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