A New York woman who illegally sold abortion drugs to people in Portage and several other Wisconsin towns was sentenced last week to two years probation and fined $10,000, authorities said.
On March 20, Urusla Wing, 42, pleaded guilty to one count in an indictment charging him with conspiracy to defraud the Food and Drug Administration, Postal Service and Customs and Privacy United States borders.
The indictment alleged that Wing operated a blog called “The Macrobiotic Stoner”, with a secret page called “My Secret Bodega”, where she sold foreign-sourced versions of mifepristone and misoprostol from India that were not not approved by the FDA for use in the United States, according to the office of Scott Blader, US Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin.
Wing admitted when she pleaded guilty that she operated a bogus jewelry business called Fatima’s Bead Basket to hide her illegal conduct, and that she inserted a necklace or other piece of jewelry into the shipping envelope to serve as a coverage of the goods sent to the customer. She then packed the mislabeled prescription drugs in a smaller package that was in a hidden panel and taped inside the shipping envelope. Wing also disguised the nature of the item purchased by listing the names of jewelry products on the invoice.
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Wing also admitted that she created a second fake online jewelry business called Morocco International and a fake merchant processing portal to use as a cover to sell the mislabeled prescription drugs on her secret page. By creating this bogus merchant processing portal, Wing allowed its Macrobiotic Stoner customers to pay for mislabeled drugs using their credit cards, with sales appearing in the merchant account as jewelry, not mifepristone or misoprostol.
The FDA allows drugs to be prescribed by a licensed physician, dispensed by a pharmacist, and administered in a healthcare facility under the supervision of a healthcare professional. Wing did not have a license to sell or ship the drugs.
U.S. District Judge James Peterson also ordered Wing to forfeit $61,753, which was the cost of the mifepristone and misoprostol pills Wing sold from 2016 to 2018.
At his sentencing, Peterson said his conduct created danger to the public in two ways. He allowed people to obtain the drugs, including a Marathon County man who allegedly used them in an attempt to trick his girlfriend into aborting her 120-day pregnancy without her knowledge or consent, resulting in resulted in the man being charged in Marathon County with attempted first-degree intentional homicide of an unborn child.
Wing also could not guarantee the safety of the product it distributed, Peterson said.
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