Posted: Jul 12, 2013 3:44 PM by KBZK
A Belgrade man was sentenced to probation for his involvement in the sale of unapproved cancer drugs.
Paul Bottomley, 48, was also sentenced in federal court in Missoula today to six months home confinement, 200 hours of community service and must forfeit more than $4.4 million. He pleaded guilty to a charge of misprision of a felony.
Bottomley's owned a company, Montana Health Care Solutions (MHCS) in Belgrade, that imported and distributed misbranded and unapproved drugs from foreign countries to doctors in the U.S., according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
In October of 2010, Bottomley sold MHCS to Rockley Ventures, Ltd., a subsidiary of Canada Drugs, Ltd. The companies continued to solicit and distribute to Bottomley's previous customers using his company's name and letter head, according to the release.
After selling the company, Bottomley was paid $10,000 per month to remain as an advisor to Rockley Ventures, Canada Drugs and related companies. In his advisor capacity, Bottomley occasionally made sales calls to physicians and dealt with shipment and payment issues.
"The defendant's conduct in this case was motivated by greed. Bottomley utilized the grey market and sold potentially dangerous unapproved and misbranded pharmaceuticals at discounted prices to American physicians all for a healthy profit. The felony prosecution and sizeable forfeiture taken in the related civil case demonstrates that when an individual allows greed to induce them into dangerous criminal activity, they will be prosecuted," U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana Michael W. Cotter said in the release.