Canadian Citizen & Online Pharmacy Entrepreneur Sentenced to 4 Years in Counterfeit Drugs Case
Canadian citizen Andrew Strempler, 38, was arrested in Florida in June 2012 and was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud in the United States. In October of that year, he pled guilty to those charges. On January 9th, 2013, Andrew Strempler was sentenced to four years in prison for his role as the founder of Mediplan, which fulfilled online medicine orders for ten different online pharmacies. Mediplan also operated under the name RX North. The charges were the result of a 2005 seizure of drugs shipped by Mediplan into the US. The medications were purported to be made and tested in Canada, but were in fact shipped in bulk from other countries.
Who: U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, FDA.
When: January 9th, 2013; 2005-2012.
Where: Miami, Florida, United States.
How: Packages containing counterfeit medications were intercepted on two occasions by FDA investigators.
Additional details: In 2009, Strempler was charged with professional misconduct by the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association as a result of investigations into his sales of counterfeit drugs.
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