Belgrade man sentenced in fake cancer drugs case
MISSOULA, Mont. - On Friday, a federal judge sentenced a Belgrade man for his role in the distribution of counterfeit, and unapproved cancer drugs to American physicians.
48-year-old Paul Daniel Bottomley received six months house arrest, five years probation and 200 hours of community service. He also forfeited roughly $4.5 million in assets, including an Aston Martin sports car and roughly $3 million in land.
He had pleaded guilty to misprison of a felony, which essentially means that he didn't report a felony crime.
Prosecutors say Bottomley had imported unapproved and mislabeled pharmaceuticals, which ended up being bought by physicians at a discounted price. Court records say Bottomly sold his company, Montana Health Care Solutions, in 2010 to a Canadian company.
Prosecutors allege the company, under the new owners, continued importing illegal drugs, and eventually distributed a counterfeit chemotherapy drug, all while Bottomley remained on-board as an advisor.
In a press conference following the sentencing, the head of the FDA's criminal investigation division pointed at Bottomley's conviction as one of several convictions in authorities' fight to keep counterfeit drugs out of American borders.
Though prosecutors asked for prison time in Bottomley's case, a federal judge cited Bottomley's cooperation with authorities as one of the reasons he opted for a probationary sentence.