Two Ukrainians sentenced for trafficking in, smuggling into US counterfeit drugs, - US Department of Justice

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Each defendant is expected to face removal proceedings following his term in prison
09:23, 27 March 2021

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Two citizens of Ukraine have been sentenced for trafficking in and smuggling into the United States counterfeit cancer and hepatitis drugs. This is reported by the US Department of Justice. 

Maksym Nienadov, 36, was the owner of the Ukrainian-based company Healthy Nation. He and his co-conspirator and employee – Volodymyr Nikolaienko, 34 – pleaded guilty in July 2020 to both trafficking in and smuggling into the United States counterfeit drugs and conspiracy to do so. Nienadov also pleaded guilty to introducing misbranded drugs into the United States. 

Related: Old lady tried smuggling drugs across Ukraine-Russia border

Today, Nienadov and Nikolaienko were sentenced to respective terms of 71 and 33 months in federal prison. They are both expected to face removal proceedings following the prison terms.

Nienadov and Nikolaienko were arrested in April 2019 after they arrived in the United States from Ukraine to discuss sales of future unlawful shipments of drugs.

“The defendants sought to profit off the illnesses of others, selling false hope – including fake drugs with no active ingredient – and risking the health of vulnerable patients. This prosecution makes clear that we will hold accountable those who disregard the risks to patients by smuggling counterfeit drugs into the United States,”  Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division said. 

As we reported earlier, the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv has chosen a measure of restraint for the former MP Semen Semenchenko. The court sent Semenchenko to a pre-trial detention center for 2 months without the right to post bail. 

Related: Ukraine's Security Service blocked large-scale production of counterfeit potent drugs

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