MADISON, WI ‘Shea, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin.
Kenneth Zipperer, 54, of Wausau, initially faced five counts of mail fraud, ten counts of wire fraud, two counts of distributing mislabeled prescription drugs without a written prescription or license to administer these drugs, five counts of money laundering and four counts of promotional money laundering.
“The distribution of unapproved prescription drugs is illegal and puts the health of consumers at risk,” O’Shea said. “In order to protect public health and safety, our office is working closely with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute those who seek to profit from the sale of unapproved prescription drugs.”
According to the indictment, Zipperer imported prescription drugs of foreign origin from an Internet pharmacy company in India via the US Mail and Express Mail Service, and none of the drugs were approved by the Food. & United States Drug Administration for human consumption in the United States.
The indictment alleged that Zipperer had personally distributed many prescription drugs of foreign origin to its insurance customers, primarily at Zipperer Financial LLC’s sales office in Wausau.
“Patients who take unapproved foreign prescription drugs are at serious risk of harm because the drugs are not guaranteed to be safe or effective and have the potential to harm those who use them,” said Lynda M. Burdelik, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Criminal Affairs of the FDA. Chicago Field Office investigations said. “We will continue to investigate and bring to justice those who put public health at risk.”