American drug counterfeiter gets 9 years in prison.

A former Weston millionaire who headed a group that peddled tens of millions of dollars in counterfeit prescription drugs nationwide was sentenced Friday to nine years in state prison.

Michael Carlow, 57, had pleaded guilty to racketeering, fraud and 17 other counts in connection with selling adulterated cancer, HIV and other drugs into mainstream pharmacy supplies, including $42 million worth of bogus cholesterol drug Lipitor. The volume of activity touched off a statewide crackdown on the wholesale drug trade in South Florida.

Broward Circuit Judge Carlos Rodriguez sentenced Carlow to the jail time, plus 10 years probation and a $40,000 fine, said Oscar Gelpi of the Office of Statewide Prosecution. Carlow has been in jail since his 20-person ring was busted in 2003, on the state charges and related federal charges in Missouri.

His mother-in-law and brother-in-law, who were charged with being part of the operation, are set for trial in March.

Story from Florida’s Sun Sentinel.

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