A Canadian man has been sentenced to nearly three years in federal prison for selling fake cancer drugs over the Internet.
Federal prosecutors in Phoenix said Wednesday that 22-year-old Hazim Gaber, of Edmonton, Alberta, was given a 33-month prison term and ordered to pay a $75,000 fine (about R600,000) and nearly $54,000 (about R430,000) in restitution.
Gaber pleaded guilty to five counts of wire fraud in May. He was indicted in June 2009, arrested a month later in Germany and extradited to the US.
Gaber set up websites to market the experimental cancer drug DCA to at least 68 patients in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium and the Netherlands in 2007. Authorities say the product Gaber delivered was not DCA but a combination of starch, dextrin, dextrose or lactose. (Sapa, August 2010)
Drug trafficker posed as doctor