Woman gets prison time for selling deadly weight loss pills in Michigan


BAY CITY, MI – A Texas woman was sentenced to six months in federal prison for selling misbranded, potentially deadly weight loss pills to Michigan residents, officials announced.

In June, Judith Holloway, 34, of Watauga, Texas, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia Morris to charges related to the online sale of 2,4-Dinitrophenol (DNP), a toxic diet pill that has been never been approved for human consumption. Holloway was sentenced on Wednesday, Oct. 6.

“This sentence should send a clear message to those who would profit from the sale of dangerous unapproved drugs that we will utilize every tool at our disposal to vigorously prosecute you in order to protect the health and safety of the general public,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Saima Mohsin. “We urge everyone to refrain from ingesting DNP for any reason.”

Ingesting DNP causes rapid weight loss, but is also associated with cataracts, hyperthermia, tachycardia, cardiac arrhythmia and death. In 1938, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared DNP to be extremely dangerous and announced it would prosecute those who manufacture and distribute it for human use.

Holloway was indicted during October 2020 on five counts of introduction of a new drug into interstate commerce, punishable by up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine; and seven counts of introduction of a misbranded drug into interstate commerce, punishable by up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.

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According to the indictment, between October 2018 and May 2020, Holloway sold DNP to consumers throughout the country, including people in Michigan’s Saginaw and Washtenaw counties. The product was sold via eBay and other websites and was misbranded as “yellow pigment powder.”

When eBay removed Holloway’s listings for violating company policies prohibiting the sale of hazardous items, she simply relisted the DNP using a different email address and false label; this happened on three separate occasions, according to court documents.

“Ignoring FDA requirements and selling dangerous unapproved drugs online can cause serious harm to those who use the drugs,” said Special Agent in Charge Lynda M. Burdelik, FDA Office of Criminal Investigations Chicago Field Office. “We will continue to investigate and bring to justice those who jeopardize consumers’ health.”

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Regina R. McCullough and investigated by special agents of the Food and Drug Administration.


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