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Kearney Man Sentenced to 11 months Incarceration for Selling Misbranded Drugs Over the Internet

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Nebraska

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Paul D. Martin, 46, of Kearney, Nebraska, was sentenced on October 17, 2016, to 11 months incarceration by United States District Judge Laurie Smith Camp, for selling misbranded products containing ingredients that increased the risk of cancer. Martin was indicted after FDA Investigators learned that he continued selling foreign products with banned ingredients after being warned that doing so was illegal. The sales occurred over the Internet and through the US mail. Martin pled to one count each of Delivery of Misbranded Drugs, Mail Fraud, and Wire Fraud.


“Selling purported dietary supplements drugs that contain undeclared drug ingredients places the public’s health at risk,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Spencer E. Morrison, FDA Office of Criminal Investigations’ Kansas City Field Office. “Our office will continue to target our resources to ensure that medicines for U.S. consumers are safe, effective, and properly labeled.”


After serving his 11 month sentence, Martin will be required to serve a Term of Supervised Release of 2 years.


This case was the result of an investigation by the Department of Health and Human Service, Food and Drug Administration.

Updated October 24, 2016

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