Phoney Vitamins Hit Long Island Stores and Homes

Hotline setup for possible victims

By Brandon Kling
|  Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010  |  Updated 8:13 PM EDT
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Phoney Vitamins Hit Long Island Stores and Homes

Nassau County DA

Rabin Purnsrian accused of buying bottles of vitamins and medication, exchanging the contents with fakes and then returning for a full refund.

A Long Island man allegedly risked the health of countless consumers just to get a refund.

Nassau County police say Rabin Purnsrian, of North Woodmere, purchased various products -- including medicine and vitamins -- at several CVS stores then replaced them with imitation goods and returned the items for a full refund.

Investigators were tipped-off when an elderly woman, 72, became ill after taking what she thought were omega-3 pills -- that  were actually male-enhancement drugs.

The scheme allegedly began in March and involved stores in Lynbrook, Woodmere, East Rockaway, Franklin Square, Hewlett, Rockville Centre, Wantagh and Westbury, officials said.

Police charged Purnsrian, 43, with grand larceny, falsifying business records, scheme to defraud and other charges. He was to be arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead on Wednesday.

Nassau County District Attorney's office set up a hotline where anyone who may have purchased the expired or mislabeled medications or vitamins can call 516-870-2802.

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