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FRANKFORT (AP) — A former Kentucky state government employee has been accused of running an illegal Viagra distribution scheme for more four years and using his work email to communicate with customers.

A federal grand jury indicted Howard Stanley Head Jr., of Franklin County, last week on conspiracy and other charges for the scheme authorities say he ran from July 2015 to Oct. 2019, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

Head, who worked for the Kentucky Finance & Administration Cabinet at the time, is accused of ordering shipments of the erectile dysfunction drugs Sildenafil and Tadalafil, sold under the brand names Cialis and Viagra, from other countries and reselling them in smaller quantities.

The indictment said the suppliers deliberately mislabeled the shipments to hide the drugs, which Head sold under the persona “Dr. Head."

He is also accused of using his government email to sell the drugs. The indictment said Head used code names like “blue magic” or “energy vitamins” when referring to the drugs in emails with customers.

It was not immediately clear if he has an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

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