Former Sheriff’s Department Employee Evades Taxes on Money Earned Selling Dangerous Diet Drugs

Reporting San Diego

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April 15, 2016 (DOJ) Former San Diego Sheriff’s Department employee Francisco Terriquez pleaded guilty today to tax evasion and making a false statement to a federal officer, admitting that he ran a business selling millions of dollars of dietary supplements and failed to declare any of the proceeds as income on his federal tax return.

Terriquez, a 19-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department, spent tens of thousands of dollars shipping the dietary supplements to stores and customers throughout the United States. Terriquez operated his business out of several storage units, which he rented under a fake name. After obtaining a search warrant, federal agents searched Terriquez’s storage units and discovered hundreds of vials of dietary supplements containing the controlled substance sibutramine.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, sibutramine is an obesity drug that was withdrawn from the U.S. market in October 2010 due to studies showing an increased risk of…

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