For selling fake cancer drugs by means of the internet, an Edmonton man has been sentenced to 33-months prison by an Arizona judge on Wednesday.
District Court Judge of US, James Teilborg has ordered Hazim Gaber, 22, to pay a $75,000 fine and about $54,000 in restitution.
After Gaber will be released from the prison, he will remain under the supervision for three years. Gaber claims that the white powder that has been selling on the internet, was the experimental cancer drug known as dichloroacetate (DCA).
The experimental drug was sold to at least 65 buyers via defunct website DCAdvice. com. It was later revealed through the laboratory tests that the powder consists of dextrin, dextrose, lactose and starch.
"Criminals often seek to exploit the most vulnerable of victims -- but offering fake, unapproved medication to cancer patients reaches a new low”, Assistant Attorney General, Lanny A. Breuer said in his statement.
With the support of Edmonton police and local prosecutors, Phoenix FBI Cyber Squad investigated the case.
Michael Baker, who is Gaber's lawyer, said that he will not comment over the case until he has a word with his client.
Gaber's website deceitfully claimed in the plea agreement, which entered in the court earlier this year, that only they had the legal authority to supply DCA and the University of Alberta also supports them.