A Silver Spring man has pleaded guilty to violating the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by illegally passing off male sexual enhancement products as dietary supplements.
Authorities said the supplements had the same active ingredients as prescription drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction.
A U.S. District judge accepted Richard Deng’s guilty plea May 7, according to federal court filings. Sentencing was scheduled for Aug. 1 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
By entering a plea of guilty, Deng, 68, admitted that his Beltsville, Md.-based business sold dietary supplements — with names like “Man King,” “Weekend Prince” and “Mojo Risen” — as male sexual enhancement products between 2011 and 2013. Later tests determined that these supplements contained a couple of ingredients that weren’t listed on the label — sildenafil and tadalafil, the active ingredients in Viagra and Cialis, according to filings in U.S. District court.
Viagra and Cialis are FDA-approved drugs prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction.
In December 2011, federal agents seized the supplements through a search warrant of Deng’s storefront and informed Deng that he was being investigated. But Deng continued to sell the supplements, generating $333,070 in proceeds, federal prosecutors said in court filings.
The judge could enact a maximum sentence of three years imprisonment, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release.
But in a plea deal signed in April, Deng’s attorney Harry Tun and the U.S. Attorney’s office have requested a sentence of no more than a year and a day of incarceration, citing Deng’s health and age.
Tun could not be reached for comment Tuesday.