A British Columbia, Canada, Company Was Fined $150,000 and Ordered to Forfeit Millions of Dollars, and Three Canadian Men Were Fined and Sentenced to Probation for Misbranding Prescription Drugs and Money Laundering Conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady Said Tuesday [Derived Headline]

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A British Columbia, Canada, Company Was Fined $150,000 and Ordered to Forfeit Millions of Dollars, and Three Canadian Men Were Fined and Sentenced to Probation for Misbranding Prescription Drugs and Money Laundering Conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady Said Tuesday [Derived Headline]


Biedka, Chuck, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


A British Columbia, Canada, company was fined $150,000 and ordered to forfeit millions of dollars, and three Canadian men were fined and sentenced to probation for misbranding prescription drugs and money laundering conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon ordered Quantum Solutions, SRL, to pay a $150,000 fine and forfeit $4,235,000, prosecutors said.

British Columba residents Tony Lee, 41, of Vancouver; Billy Lee, 43, of White Rock; and Tarnjeet Uppal, 37, of Surray were each sentenced to three years probation and a fine of $55,000.

Quantum, registered in Barbados, bought prescription drugs made for foreign markets and sold wholesale quantities to three pharmacists in Western Pennsylvania. The pharmacies were not identified.

None of the prescription drugs met FDA approval because they were made and labeled for use outside of the United States, Brady said.

Quantum purchased the drugs from suppliers in Turkey, Great Britain and other countries. The defendants arranged for these misbranded drugs to be sent to a re-shipper in the United Kingdom. The UK re-shipper was instructed to unpack the drugs, repack them in several small packages, put misleading labeling and shipping documentation on them and understate the dollar value of the contents to create the appearance to U.S. Customs and Border Protection that the drugs were health care products for the personal use of the addressee, prosecutors said.

The small packages were sent to Washington state and New York state re-shippers known to the U.S. Attorney, where they were once again unpacked and repacked for delivery in the United States. …

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