Counterfeiters confess to selling fake disinfectant gel to hospitals during pandemic

They also distributed the product in pharmacies, shops, and bars

Stars Insider

24/05/24 | StarsInsider

HEALTH Covid-19

Highly sought-after healthcare products became the subject of major fraud during the COVID-19 pandemic. In Spain, one of the most striking cases was detected in the province of A Coruña in 2020. The Guardia Civil discovered a laboratory hidden in an old chicken farm that was producing fake disinfectant gel. The perpetrators were selling the product to hospitals as medical-grade hydroalcoholic gel, when in reality, it was cut with spirits like brandy. 

The perpetrators of the fraud are two men from the town of Boiro in Galicia, named Jose Antonio S. and Juan S., who were tried in the Court of A Coruña. They admitted to selling 6,000 liters (1,585 gallons) of the counterfeit product and producing even more with the intention to sell. Prosecutors sought a nine-year prison sentence, but the accused took a plea deal and were given two-year suspended sentences plus fines of €17,520 (US$19,000) each. 

Click through the gallery for the full story of their scam and to find out how the pandemic is still affecting us to this day. 

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