PITTSBURGH – A Hermitage man who previously pleaded guilty to illegally selling so-called “smart drugs” out of his residence was sentenced to three years of probation Monday.
Emil “Butch” Koledin, 61, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose on one charge of conspiracy to defraud agencies of the United States. Koledin entered a guilty plea in June both for himself and on behalf of his business, Koledin Enterprises Inc.
The office of Scott Brady, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, said Koledin sold drugs billed as “nootripics” or “smart drugs, memory enhancers, neuro exchangers and intelligence enhancements.” The drugs were mostly manufactured in China and Russia.
Many of the drugs had Russian labeling and were not approved for sale in the United States.
Federal prosecutors concluded that Koledin falsely claimed that the drugs were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for sale in the United States.
The drugs Koledin sold could not be legally sold in the United States because they lack proper labeling with directions for use and warnings and were manufactured in unapproved facilities. Prosecutors said Koledin indicated in an email exchange with a supplier that he knew the drugs were illegal.
Koledin’s wife, Maria, a former Hermitage city commissioner, was not named in the case.