Policemen at the unit investigating intellectual property violations were stunned yesterday when they arrested a man for selling fake Viagra pills a mere hour after he had been convicted for the same offense.

Zvi Schwartzblat, 59, was found guilty by the Tel Aviv District Court for manufacturing and selling the drug on the black market. A judge handed down the verdict of an eight month's suspended sentence and slapped Schwartzblat with an NIS 7,000 fine. But only one hour later police arrested the defendant near the court, trying to sell Viagra to an undercover police officer.

"If that isn't the height of chutzpah then I don't know what is," a policeman investigating intellectual property violations said.

Two years ago Schwartzblat was arrested for possession of a large amount of unlicensed pills which he sold to customers in central Israel.

During yesterday's sentencing hearing, Schwartzblat's lawyer told the court that his client's arrest constituted a "one time slip" and that he understood the severity of his actions. In addition, he asked the court to be lenient toward his client because of his age.

Judge Hanan Efrati ruled that in addition to the suspended sentence and fine Schwartzblat would have to pay an NIS 10,000 deposit that would be confiscated for a repeat offense.

An hour later police officers of the intellectual property unit called a man who had advertised Viagra in a newspaper ad and set up a meeting on Weizmann Street, 100 meters from the Tel Aviv District Court. To their astonishment Schwartzblat appeared at the meeting point. He was arrested immediately and found in possession of 134 Viagra pills.

Schwartzblat was taken to court for the second time in one day, this time to be remanded. He was released on bail for NIS 20,000 and is now expected to serve his full eight months suspended sentence in jail.