Texas man guilty in fraud conspiracy

ST. LOUIS | A Texas man has pleaded guilty in federal court in St. Louis to conspiracy charges for his role in an international business that sold counterfeit goods and illegal pharmaceuticals.

Jody Smith of McKinney, Texas, faces sentencing Oct. 23. His guilty plea was announced Friday.

Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Reap says the 30-year-old Smith was business manager of a firm that used spam e-mail to advertise counterfeit goods and Web-based pharmacy services. Someone else, believed to be in Asia, reportedly supplied and shipped the goods and pharmaceuticals to Missouri and elsewhere.

Reap says some items were ordered and paid for but never received. And he says the Internet pharmacy sold prescription drugs in the U.S. with a prescription.