The Tribune-Review reported that U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon delivered sentences against a company operating out of British Columbia, Canada but registered in Barbados and three of its employees for conspiring to distribute wholesale quantities of misbranded prescription drugs and money laundering. Quantum Solutions, SRL must pay a fine of $150,000 and forfeit $4,235,000. Tony Lee, Billy Lee and Tarnjeet Uppal each received a sentence of three years probation and a fine of $55,000.
According to the information – felony, starting around January 2007 until around July 2011, the defendants and their company engaged in a conspiracy to illegally import wholesale quantities of misbranded prescription drugs into the U.S and sell them to pharmacies. After being purchased from suppliers located in Turkey, Great Britain, and other countries, the large shipments of drugs went to a reshipper in the United Kingdom. Those large shipments of medicine were broken those down into smaller packages to avoid detection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Additionally, falsified claims forms were submitted to make the packages appear to be for personal use as well as vastly understating the value of their contents.
Once received in Washington and New York states, members of the conspiracy would combine the smaller packages back into larger packages and mail them to pharmacies within the U.S. Customers sent their payments to Canada, but those funds would then be transferred to Barbados. Misbranded drugs sold by this conspiracy include Plavix, Zyprexa, Lipitor, Seroquel, Zeldox, Abilify, and Celebrex. Included in the filing was a list of 241 websites owned and operated by Quantum Solutions, SRL. According to the judgment, Uppal relinquished all claims to those 241 domains.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) credited the United States Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations and the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations for completing the work needed to bring Quantum Solutions, SRL and the three defendants to justice. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nelson P. Cohen prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.
More information is available here about the shocking test results that Professor Kenneth McCall got when he tested several drugs sold by a website operated by Quantum Solutions, SRL.