A Walnut man was sentenced Monday to eight years and 4 months in federal jail for illegally importing and promoting $11 million value of pharmaceutical-grade erectile dysfunction medicine that have been falsely marketed as natural treatments for males, a few of whom suffered everlasting accidents after consuming them.
John Seil Lee, 41, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson, who ordered him instantly taken into federal custody.
Anderson — who additionally ordered Lee to pay greater than $552,000 in restitution to males who have been injured by the misbranded drugs — remarked on Lee’s “callousness” and the way his scheme “has literally ruined lives.”
“It’s obvious to me that this defendant has little or no respect for the law or the harm he caused numerous victims,” Anderson stated from the bench.
Lee pleaded responsible in February to a few felony counts of conspiracy, in addition to importing contraband into the United States and submitting a false tax return, based on the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Lee’s firms — KHK International Trade Enterprise and SHH World Trading Enterprises — every have been sentenced to 5 years’ probation. KHK was fined $100,000 and SHH was ordered to pay victims $115,484 in restitution. Guilty pleas have been entered in February on behalf of Lee’s firms to 2 felony counts of introducing misbranded medicine into interstate commerce, federal prosecutors stated.
Lee bought no less than $11 million value of drugs throughout the United States — beneath names corresponding to X Again, X Monster and Royal Master — with labels that didn’t disclose the presence of Tadalafil and falsely acknowledged that no prescription was crucial, based on court docket paperwork.
Lee additionally continued promoting the drugs regardless of U.S. Food and Drug Administration bulletins that the drugs have been tainted as a result of they contained undeclared Tadalafil. In order to evade federal regulators, Lee relabeled the contaminated drugs in response to FDA bulletins about their security, prosecutors stated.
In August 2016, for instance, after the FDA introduced that SHH’s One More Knight drugs contained undisclosed Tadalafil, Lee rebranded the identical drugs as Own the Knight and continued promoting them, based on the U.S. authorities.
Tadalafil beneath the identify of Cialis is used to deal with impotence and signs of an enlarged prostate. Another model of tadalafil is Adcirca, which is used to deal with pulmonary arterial hypertension.
In addition to the convictions of Lee, KHK and SHH, federal prosecutors obtained 13 responsible pleas from people and corporations who conspired with Lee to distribute his misbranded erectile dysfunction medicine. Those defendants are scheduled to be sentenced by Anderson over the following a number of months.
Hidden energetic pharmaceutical elements have been recognized in merchandise promoted not solely for sexual enhancement, but in addition for bodybuilding, ache reduction and weight reduction. The FDA has issued lots of of public warnings and recall bulletins associated to all these fraudulent merchandise.