A couple in South Carolina was recently indicted on federal charges of conspiracy, violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act and distributing animal products that were misbranded. These were all internet crimes that the couple allegedly committed through two websites that they used to market pet medicines in violation of federal law. The products were not approved for sale in the U.S.
The couple allegedly imported multiple different medicinal products for pets that were not approved for distribution in America. They marketed and distributed the goods to pet owners in South Carolina and other states through their websites. Some of the medicines require prescriptions by veterinarians. Further allegations show that the two defendants repacked the branded products in their own packages before sending it to consumers.
Additional charges include trafficking counterfeit products to other states, importing, and distributing counterfeit DVDs that entered the country from an eastern country. Prosecutors say the couple received over $1 million in the time span of the conspiracy. A conviction on all charges may send them to prison for more than 50 years, with probation of three years and almost $8 million in fines and special assessments.
Considering the seriousness of the internet crimes of which this South Carolina couple are accused, they have likely secured the services of an experienced criminal attorney from the onset. An attorney will scrutinize the evidence held by the prosecution and may even launch an independent investigation if necessary. With the support and guidance of a seasoned lawyer, a strong defense strategy is likely in place. Such a professional can advocate on behalf of the accused individuals while working to achieve the best possible outcome.
Source: lehighvalleylive.com, “Pet drugs, pesticides sold illegally online in Pennsylvania, feds say“, Kurt Bresswein, Nov. 15, 2016