(KMOV) – Two St. Louis City residents are being charged with federal crimes surrounding a scheme to re-sell stolen merchandise.
Christian Ounanian, 43; and Gian Vogel, 37 both of St. Louis, were each indicted by a federal grand jury on one felony count of conspiracy to transmit stolen goods and one felony count of interstate transportation of stolen goods.
Ounanian and Vogel were indicted on charges of selling merchandise stolen from Walgreens and CVS drug stores.
According to the indictment, Ounanian owned Xtra Wholesale, located at 6008 Southwest Avenue in St. Louis City. Between 2007 and September 2012, the two hired people to steal over the counter drugs and other items from Walgreens and CVS stores. After paying for the stolen items, Ounanian and Vogel conspired to resell the items.
If convicted, the conspiracy to transmit stolen goods carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000. The interstate transportation of stolen goods carries a maximum of 10 years in prison and/or up to $250,000.
Ounanian and Vogel are expected to appear in federal court later this week.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Franks is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.