Jared Wheat, perhaps the biggest scumbag in the supplement industry (this is basically like being Valedictorian at Harvard), has been ordered to report to jail on Friday, and will remain in jail until Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals completes their recall of Fastin, Lipodrene, Benzedrine and Stimerex-ES. While in prison on his last bid, and in violation of court orders to stop making unsubstantiated weight loss claims for his products, he used the prison email system to design advertisements for weight loss products, with unsubstantiated claims (this is more like being Valedictorian of Summer School).
Efforts until this point to get Wheat to reasonably comply with court orders, recalls, or fines could best be described as tragic, leading to the recent order for his incarceration, which could best be described as comic.
- Carla Caldwell, Morning Edition Editor- Atlanta Business Chronicle
A federal judge has given Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Chief Executive Officer Jared Wheat until Friday morning to report to jail.
U.S. District Court Judge Charles A. Pannell, Jr., who previously found that Wheat and his company failed to fully implement a recall on supplements for weight loss and erectile dysfunction, wrote in a ruling this week that the court does not have confidence that the defendants will pursue the recall to its fruition without coercion, the Gwinnett Daily Post reports.
Pannell has also ordered Sean Smith, a senior vice president with the company, to be jailed along with Wheat until Hi-Tech recalls versions of Fastin, Lipodrene, Benzedrine and Stimerex-ES, the paper reports.
The Federal Trade Commission has been in a legal battle with the company since 2004, after fraudulent claims on Hi-Tech’s packaging were brought to the consumer-protection agency’s attention, the Daily Post said.