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Metabolife founder sentenced

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Former Metabolife President Michael Ellis is sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to pay a $20,000 fine after pleading guilty to making false statements to federal regulators, according to a judgment filed June 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego. Ellis told FDA in 1998 that his company had never received any consumer complaints related to its ephedra-containing Metabolife 365. The weight-control supplement firm later released 13,000 patient complaints during a criminal investigation by the Department of Justice (1"The Tan Sheet" Aug. 19, 2002, p. 3)...

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