Philadelphia Woman Pleads Guilty to Importing Illegal Diet Pills
Mimi Trieu, 46, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty last week to an 18-count indictment charging her with the illegal importation and distribution of more than four million diet pills that contained a controlled substance, unapproved drugs, and a possible carcinogen, announced United States Attorney Zane D. Memeger. Trieu was the owner of Hong Kong Beauty International, located at
Trieu imported and sold diet pills between October 2008 and May 2009 and continued to import the pills until March 2010, even after learning that the capsules contained Sibutramine and other dangerous substances, and that the pills did not have approval from the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA"). The FDA had issued warnings to consumers that, in addition to the Sibutramine, the drugs contained an anti-seizure medication and a chemical solvent that is considered a possible carcinogen. According to the FDA, these drugs could cause serious side effects in some people, including nausea, vomiting, elevated blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes.
Trieu was charged with conspiring to smuggle the diet pills from
The case was investigated by the Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Judy Goldstein Smith and Sarah L. Grieb.