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R.I., US agencies to split $500m in Google case

Company aided Canada drug sales

Rhode Island will receive nearly half of $500 million Google Inc. agreed to forfeit last year for helping online Canadian pharmacies illegally sell prescription drugs to US consumers, Peter F. Neronha, the state’s US attorney, revealed on Monday.

Approximately $230 million will be paid to Rhode Island state and local law enforcement agencies that helped to investigate Google’s role in the placement of ads from the online pharmacies. The rest of the Google settlement will go to federal authorities involved in the investigation, including the Food and Drug Administration and the Internal Revenue Service, and to the Department of Justice’s Assets Forfeiture Fund, which will receive $170 million. The fund is a national account used to pay expenses associated with operations such as property seizure or disposal.

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