Calif man pleads guilty in pet med case that netted $2 5M
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An Orange County man has pleaded guilty to selling misbranded pet medications without prescriptions.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says Sean Gerson of Laguna Hills pleaded guilty to smuggling, introducing misbranded prescriptions into interstate commerce and a misdemeanor charge of selling an unregistered pesticide.
Prosecutors say the 49-year-old Gerson owns a Lake Forest company called Vaccination Services and that some of the medications he was selling aren't even approved for use in the U.S.
Prosecutors say the scheme netted Gerson about $2.5 million over the past 15 years.
Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, Gerson faces 2.5 years in prison and a $200,000 fine when he's sentenced on Dec. 11.
Gerson also has agreed to forfeit the $2.5 million he made.
Gerson was previously convicted in a similar case in Texas.