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Sacramento man sentenced for selling fertilizer as fat-burning pill

A Sacramento man was sentenced to three years in prison on Tuesday for misbranding drugs.

Posted: May 28, 2019 4:35 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A Sacramento man was sentenced to three years in prison on Tuesday for misbranding drugs.

Scott Edward Cavell, 36, of Sacramento, was sentenced for selling fertilizer and marketing it as a fat-burning pill. 

According to court documents, between 2015 and 2017, Cavell developed a scheme to market and sell Dinitrophenol - also known as DNP - as a weight loss drug despite knowing that its not approved by the FDA for human consumption. 

Cavell sold DNP in pill form and called it a fertilizer, a term under which it is legally sold in other circumstances. 

He admitted that he controlled websites that marketed the drug as a supplement while at the same time discouraging its use. He then sold DNP pills on another website for the purpose of misleading U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulators, according to the documents. 

DNP has been commercially used to manufacture dyes and wood preservatives as a fertilizer and pesticide. 

According to court documents, Cavell collected at least $768,000 during the scheme. 

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