OAKLAND -- An Ohio marketing company accused of selling misbranded and unapproved drugs will pay nearly $1.8 million in penalties and restitution to settle a lawsuit lodged by a task force of various California district attorneys, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley announced Thursday.

Benjamin Suarez and his direct mail and Internet marketing company, Suarez Corporation Industries, have been alleged by law enforcement in various states to have used deceptive market claims to sell health products such as pain and weight loss drugs. An Alameda County judge on Tuesday approved a settlement in a civil enforcement action filed in 2011 by the California Nutritional Supplement Task Force, comprised of O'Malley and her counterparts in Marin, Monterey, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Solano, Sonoma and Orange counties.

Contact Malaika Fraley at 925-234-1684. Follow her at Twitter.com/malaikafraley.



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