Sussex man sold erectile dysfunction drugs without license

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A FORMER nightclub entertainer who laundered more than £800,000 from the sale of unlicensed erectile dysfunction drugs has been jailed.

Mo Phipps was sentenced to three years and four months for selling the drug, which is not authorized for use in the UK.

The 35-year-old has received payments of over £810,000 from a website selling Kamagra – an Indian sexual performance pill.

Phipps, of Haywards Heath, claimed he worked for a ‘Mr Big’ – and told the court it was worth more than his life to reveal the identity of the crime boss.

Judge Janet Waddicor said Phipps funded a dissolute and hedonistic life in part with funds from the sex pill trade.

She said: “I’m sure Phipps is not the mastermind of this operation, but he was well aware that significant criminal activity was taking place and he was more than willing to make his bank accounts available to facilitate this activity. ”

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Kamagra is not licensed in the UK – and the safety, effectiveness and quality of the pills are unknown.

After the sale of Kamagra was discovered in 2014, a money trail led investigators to Phipps, who had accounts under the name Adam Freeman.

James Cramp, of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), told the court: ‘Our financial investigators are seeing who is behind the transactions.

“When we identify people, we are pursuing a mandate”,

Phipps told the court he was struggling with a £900-a-week cocaine addiction when he started laundering money.

He took out bank loans and accepted payments for the website. He also made regular withdrawals of up to £500 in cash from his accounts.

Phipps denied taking any money from the business despite bank statements showing that in total he had withdrawn more than £160,000 from one of the bank accounts.

The court heard that when police asked to see his bank statements, he claimed his dog had eaten his laptop.

Asked about using a fake identity, Phipps claimed he changed his name to get away from an ex-girlfriend.

Phipps appeared at Lewes Crown Court where he pleaded three counts of money laundering between 2012 and 2016.

After the case, John Werhun, an organized crime prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service, said: ‘A significant sum of money passed through Phipps’ bank accounts, and it is clear that he was laundering the proceeds of the sale of illicit drugs.

“Phipps thought he could evade detection by using a different name and various bank accounts, but evidence presented in court proved he was responsible.

“The illicit sale of drugs is extremely dangerous – and we will pursue these cases wherever our legal standards are met.”

In the UK, medicines are only authorized if strict safety and quality standards are met.

The MHRA is one of the organizations that ensures that any medicine approved for the treatment of people in the UK is as safe as possible.

Andy Morling, MHRA Deputy Director of Law Enforcement, added: “It is a criminal offense to sell controlled, unlicensed or prescription-only medicines without proper authorisation.

“In this case, the individual laundered funds from the illegal sale of unlicensed erectile dysfunction drugs on an illegally operating website.

“These drugs have not been authorized by the MHRA and their safety, efficacy and quality of manufacture are unknown.

“My advice to the public is to only buy medicine from a reputable source such as a registered pharmacy.”

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