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Man pleads guilty to Internet drug sales

An Elmira businessman ran an illegal Internet pharmacy, selling painkillers, sleep medications and other drugs to people all over the world, federal prosecutors in Buffalo said Wednesday.

Tuggini Seethapathy, 70, of Elmira, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a felony charge of conspiring to illegally distribute controlled substances. He will be sentenced Jan. 14 before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Buffalo agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Food & Drug Administration investigated Seethapathy for more than two years. They learned that he had illegally sold at least 440,000 controlled substance pills over his Web site, Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Kaufman said in court papers.

Seethapathy, who was born in India but is a U.S. citizen, illegally sold painkillers and other drugs that he purchased in India, authorities said. The businessman admitted that he illegally sold drugs on two different Web sites without checking to see whether his customers had prescriptions for the drugs they were buying.

Authorities believe the scheme made Seethapathy $1 million over a two-year period. Seethapathy faces a prison term of six to 12 months. He also agreed to forfeit $950,000 to the federal government.


UB employee reports theft of her laptop

LOCKPORT -- A woman who works for the University at Buffalo told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that her laptop work computer was stolen from her apartment Tuesday, but the school says no personal information was on it at the time of the theft.

The 26-year-old woman told deputies that her apartment, in the 6400 block of Dysinger Road, was entered sometime between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and someone took the Dell computer.

At the time of the report, the woman said the computer may have contained personal information on up to 200 students, but an investigation by the UB Information Security Office found the information had been removed from the computer on June 11, spokesman John DellaContrada said Wednesday.

Information had been removed as part of regular maintenance, DellaContrada said.

Also taken during the Tuesday night burglary was an Xbox game system, controllers and games, which belong to the victim's family. Total value of property stolen was $1,940, deputies said.

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