• Nationwide sweep involves fake dietary supplements

    By: Allison Latos


    WASHINGTON - More than a 100 people and businesses are facing charges after a nationwide sweep involving fake dietary supplements.

    Even Charlotte has seen the same kind of crimes.

    Charlotte's U.S. attorney spoke exclusively to Eyewitness News anchor Allison Latos Tuesday about those cases and why they're so serious.
    The U.S. Department of Justice said the companies and people facing charges made and sold the supplements for everything from weight loss to body building. They also claimed the supplements would cure diseases.
    But the substances either contained ingredients that weren't listed or there's been no scientific proof they actually work.

    On Tuesday, Latos sat down with Western District U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose.
    While Charlotte is not part of Tuesday's federal sweep, Westmoreland Rose said there have been cases of fake medications or supplements in Charlotte that put consumers at risk.

    "A number of cases here in the Western District -- one related to erectile dysfunction, some related to body building medications that were off market use, again the same instance. We don’t know how they were made. We don't know what the ingredients were,” Westmoreland Rose said.

    Westmoreland Rose told Latos many of the cases she's prosecuted started with consumer complaints to the FDA.

    Channel 9 will break down the Charlotte cases and find out how long the people accused of selling the supplements could spend in prison, Tuesday at 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.

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