SUPREME GREENS’ INFOMERCIAL PRODUCER PLEADS GUILTY TO CHARGES OF FALSE TAX RETURNS AND DISTRIBUTING MISBRANDED DRUGS
‘BOSTON, Mass. - A Plymouth man was convicted today in federal court of subscribing to a false tax return and causing the introduction and delivery for introduction into interstate commerce of a misbranded drug, Supreme Greens.
DONALD W. BARRETT, JR., 36, of Plymouth, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Richard G. Stearns to Subscribing to a False Tax Return and Misbranding.
At today’s plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that, on or about October 6, 2008, BARRETT willfully made and subscribed to an amended 2003 tax return that failed to include a substantial portion of his 2003 income. On or about April 8, 2004, BARRETT caused the introduction of a bottle of “Supreme Greens” pills into interstate commerce, and that the bottle had been misbranded because it lacked directions for adequate use for the treatment of cancer or diabetes, two illnesses which a BARRETT-produced infomercial claimed “Supreme Greens” could prevent.
Judge Stearns scheduled sentencing for July 27, 2011. BARRETT faces up to three years imprisonment, to be followed by one year of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Mark Dragonetti; Special Agent in Charge of the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations; William P. Offord, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation, Boston Field Division; and Robert Bethel, Inspector in Charge of the United States Postal Inspection Service made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gregory F. Noonan and Gregg Shapiro of Ortiz’s Health Care Fraud and Affirmative Civil Enforcement Units, with the assistance of Mark Josephs, Department of Justice Trial Attorney, Office of Consumer Litigation.