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Man sentenced in counterfeit medicines case

A 49-year-old unlicensed and counterfeit medicines dealer, was sentenced to two years imprisonment at the Southwark Crown Court

Martin Simon Hickman, a 49-year-old unlicensed and counterfeit medicines dealer, was sentenced to two years imprisonment at the Southwark Crown Court on June 8 after pleading guilty to six counts of selling and supplying fake and unlicensed medicines, and money laundering to the sum of £1.4m.

Hickman operated businesses including an illegal online pharmacy to sell unlicensed and counterfeit medicines for erectile dysfunction throughout the United Kingdom and abroad. Records obtained during a raid on Hickman's property by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) enforcement officers revealed the businesses turned over in excess of £6m between 2003 and 2007.

According to MHRA head of enforcement, Mick Deats, Mr Hickman has enjoyed significant financial benefit from this unlawful trade. "People dealing in these types of businesses are criminals, but at the much higher end of the pay scale," Deats said.

Hickman appeared to have little respect for his customers with a folder seized entitled 'Thick People File' containing orders for medicinal products that had not been processed due to insufficient customer detail.

9th June 2009

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