Santa Monica Viagra Salesman Sentenced to Jail

LOS ANGELES -- A Santa Monica man who operated online pharmacies specializing in Viagra was sentenced Tuesday in Los Angeles federal court to almost two years in prison after his conviction on charges of failing to report more than $4 million on his income tax returns.

Roy Colina Alivio, 39, was also ordered to pay a fine of $10,000 and spend a year on supervised release following his 21-month federal prison sentence, prosecutors said.

Alivio was convicted earlier this year of six counts of filing false federal income tax returns for his Internet businesses, as well as himself, for the years 1999 and 2000, the IRS said.

According to court filings, Alivio operated the Internet pharmacies Net Doctor and Male Clinic, which distributed the male sexual dysfunction drug Viagra through the mail.

When he filed his 1999 business tax return for Net Doctor, Alivio failed to include over $1 million in sales receipts as income. The following year, he failed to include $1.7 million in sales receipts as income, the IRS said.

The returns Alivio filed for his other business, Male Clinic, failed to include over $661,000 and $792,000 in sales receipts for 1999 and 2000, respectively, the IRS said. On each return filed for his businesses, Alivio reported zero gross receipts from sales, the IRS said.

Alivio's net profits from the operation of the pharmacies for 1999 and 2000 totaled over $800,000, officials said.

In addition to the charges related to the filing of the business returns, Alivio was convicted of filing false 1999 and 2000 personal tax returns. At trial, the government detailed Alivio's non-payment of approximately $230,000 in income tax to the IRS for those years.

At the conclusion of Tuesday's sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner ordered Alivio immediately taken into custody, officials said.

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