16 December – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – R. Alexander …

16 December – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and David W. Bourne, Special Agent in Charge, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Criminal Investigations, Miami Field Office, announced today that defendant, Anthony L. Jerdine, was sentenced on December15, 2005, in a criminal case arising out of a Miami-based FDA investigation named Operation Miami Device. Thus far, Operation Miami Device has led to convictions in thirteen cases (13) cases of medical device theft with charges pending in six (6) additional cases, and has resulted in forfeitures, fines, and restitution totaling over $3.1 million.

Jerdine was sentenced before United States District Court Judge Alan S. Gold, in Miami, Florida, for his role in a conspiracy to transport and sell in interstate commerce various prescription medical devices, knowing the devices to have been stolen, converted, or taken by fraud and to impede and obstruct the lawful and legitimate functions of the FDA in enforcing federal laws and regulations applicable to prescription medical devices, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371.

Judge Gold sentenced Jerdine to twenty-two (22) months imprisonment, three (3) years of supervised release, and a fine of $10,000. In addition, Jerdine was ordered to forfeit a total of $771,398.76, an amount equal to his gain in the criminal conspiracy.

According to court records and statements at the hearing, from approximately January 1998 through April 2000, Jerdine, a former sales representative for a division of Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon Endosurgery, Inc., a company specializing in the development and distribution of prescription medical devices for use in surgical procedures, participated in a conspiracy with Adrian Sands, another representative in the Cleveland area and an individual identified as James Vogt. Jerdine would receive the payments from Vogt and then distribute a share of the payments received for the devices to Sands.

Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the Food and Drug Administration. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Watts-FitzGerald.

A copy of all press releases may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls . Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on .

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