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May 10, 2018: South Carolina Couple Sentenced to a Total of 138 Months in Prison for Trafficking Counterfeit Goods, Including Misbranded Pet Medicine


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David Haisten, 51, & Judy Haisten, 51, both of Irmo, South Carolina, were sentenced yesterday to 78 & 60 months of incarceration, respectively, by U.S. District Judge Gerald J. Pappert, announced United States Attorney William M. McSwain. A jury found the Haistens guilty in October 2017 of conspiracy as well as six counts of violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, & Rodenticide Act, five counts of distributing misbranded animal drugs, & two counts of trafficking in counterfeit goods.

For about six years, & despite repeated warnings from numerous companies & government agencies, the defendants sold counterfeit DVDs, unregistered & misbranded pesticides, & misbranded animal drugs to customers online across the United States.

The defendants’ products, including pesticides that are extremely toxic in the wrong dose, posed a serious risk to animals & humans. Further, as detailed at trial, the defendants’ packaging & instructions for use increased the likelihood that an injury would occur.

“This joint venture generated millions of dollars in illegal income,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “Despite multiple warnings and cease & desist letters, the defendants continued to reinvent themselves & flout the law. Ultimately, it took federal arrests to stop them. Given their disdain for the law, the defendants deserved a substantial prison term.”

“To ensure that consumers know what they are purchasing & how to safely use these products, pesticides must be registered & properly labeled,” said Susan Bodine, Assistant Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Enforcement & Compliance Assurance. “Today’s sentencing sends a strong signal that EPA and its law enforcement partners will hold responsible those who put consumers at risk for competitive advantage.”

“The FDA is committed to working with our federal partners to bring criminals to justice who endanger our pets by distributing unapproved and unsafe drugs,” said Mark S. McCormack, Special Agent in Charge, Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations’ Metro Washington Field Office.

“The uncontrolled distribution of unregistered & misbranded pesticides, & misbranded animal drugs pose a serious threat to public safety,” said Special Agent in Charge Marlon V. Miller, Homeland Security Investigations Philadelphia Field Office. “Let David & Judy Haisten’s sentencing serve as a reminder that our local, state and, federal partners will use all available means to investigate & prosecute individuals who disregard the rule of law.”

The case was investigated by the Environmental Protection, Criminal Investigative Division, the Food & Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations, & the Dept. of Homeland Security, and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Christopher E. Parisi.  

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Updated: May 11, 2018 — 1:54 pm

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