Briton who sold fake Indian Viagra told to pay back
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Last Updated: Saturday, April 28, 2012, 15:51
  
London: A Briton, who made millions of pounds and led a lavish lifestyle by selling online counterfeit and unlicensed medicines including fake Viagra sourced from India, has been asked to pay back GBP 14 million.

Investigators found that Manchester-based Simon Hickman, who ran the online 'pharmacy', made GBP 15.4 million from his dealings.

The Southwark crown Court has now asked him to return GBP 14 million within six months.

He has been given six months to pay, with a default sentence of 10 years if he does not pay in time.

He was sentenced to two years in jail in June 2009.

Hickman reportedly sold Viagra sourced in India and slimming aids through his website MSH World Trade.

Other products sold included sex toys, aphrodisiacs and penis enlargement pumps.

Some Viagra tablets sourced from India were counterfeits and were illegal to sell in the UK.

The Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA), which is the government agency responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work and are acceptably safe, said it was the largest confiscation order against a dealer in fake medicines.

MHRA investigators discovered that Hickman's money trail was followed through over 30 bank accounts in six foreign jurisdictions and included the setting up of an online casino based in Malta.

It also uncovered the extent of Hickman's lavish lifestyle with Range Rovers and luxury flats.

During the investigation, MHRA said Hickman breached a restraint order that was in place preventing him from dealing with his assets.

He also sold a flat in London without revealing the true selling price and subsequently diverted in excess of GBP 600,000 to an associate.

The court found that Hickman benefited from his criminality to the value of GBP 15,427,850 and the order to pay GBP 14,407,850 was made.

Danny Lee-Frost, MHRA Head of Operations, Enforcement said, "The granting of this order demonstrates the MHRA's commitment to ensuring that those responsible for the sale and supply of fake and unlicensed medicines will not benefit from their criminality".

PTI


First Published: Saturday, April 28, 2012, 15:50


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