Puerto Rican Man Distributing Fakes

30 01 2013

A 36-year-old man named Francis Ortiz Gonzalez was sentenced on Monday (January 28) to two years in federal prison by US District Judge George  H. Wu. Gonzalez was a key member in an organization that distributed Chinese-made counterfeit pharmaceuticals all over the United States. He was also demanded to pay $324,530 in restitution to the drug companies who manufacture Lipitor, Viagara, Xanax, and Cialis.

As stated in the article I read from Latin America Harold Tribune, “The case is the result of investigations by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations; and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.” This started back in 2009 when agents of the federal government executed a search warrant at Gonzalez’s place of resident in Trujillo Alto (suburb in San Juan, Puerto Rico). While doing the search, agents found more than 100,000 pills that resembled popular meds from companies like Pfizer Inc. It was also found that he had sent more than 140,000 of them to people throughout the United States. The retail value of these pills, if authentic, would be more than a million US dollars.

Gonzalez was working as a “dropshipper” for a counterfeit drug ring allegedly headed by Bo Jiang, 34, a Chinese national whose last known residence was in New Zealand. He was captured, but after being put on bond he escaped and still remains a fugitive.

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