DENVER— A Chinese national was sentenced on Thursday to serve seven years and three months in federal prison for trafficking in counterfeit versions of the pharmaceutical weight-loss drug known as “Alli.” The sentence was pronounced by U.S. District Judge Philip B. Brimmer.
This case was investigated by the following federal agencies: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations (FDA OCI), and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
Shengyang Zhou, aka “Tom,” 31, of Kunming, Yunnan, China, was ordered to pay restitution totaling $504,815.39 to the victims of his crime, including an emergency room doctor from Texas who suffered a mild stroke from ingesting the counterfeit medication. Following his prison sentence, Zhou will be deported. He appeared at the sentencing hearing in custody, and was remanded immediately following the hearing.
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