Selling unsafe dietary supplements leads to 11 yr. prison sentence

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Chensin Chan of New York involved with selling unsafe dietary supplements online, was sentenced to eleven years and three months in prison on December 16.

Over $4.5 million supplements were soldĀ and some customers were in North Georgia.

“Today’s sentence reflects the serious implications of distributing substances like ephedrine on the internet. Not only was he selling unsafe products, but he was marketing them online with false and misleading statements about their legality and efficacy,” said United States Attorney John Horn.

According to horn, the charges,and other information presented in court, Chan owned and operated The Wholesale Source, LLC, a company that marketed and sold dietary supplements through affiliated websites.

For about 7 years Chan sold supplements that contained ephedrine alkaloids on his website. He even receivedĀ a warning from the FDA that it was illegal to sell supplements that contained ephedrine alkaloids but that did not stop him.

” Distributing unlawful, adulterated dietary supplements fraudulently marketed and sold as ‘legal’ products place the U.S. public health at risk,” said Justin Greene, from the FDA Office of Criminal Investigations. “We will remain vigilant in our efforts to protect American consumers from these fraudulent and potentially dangerous products.

Not only did Chan receive a long prison sentence, his luxurious assets were forfeited. With the proceeds from his crimes, he owned a nearly $1 million dollar home, a Mercedes Benz, and a Lamborghini.

Chan was found guilty on 30 counts in May 2016.

http://www.cbs46.com/story/34091609/the-selling-of-unsafe-dietary-supplements-leads-to-prison-sentence

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