A former professional snooker player has been jailed for his part in an international fake erectile dysfunction medication operation.
After pleading guilty James Michie, the one-time British Open semi-finalist, had claimed his refusal to throw a match in the Far East led him to become involved in the scam as a debt to his contacts in the region.
Michie, of Millers Croft, Ackworth, was today sentenced to three years and four months for importing fake and unlicensed erectile dysfunction medicine.
Many of the tablets and jellies included sildenafil citrate, the active ingredient in Viagra.
Other offences Michie was convicted of include contravening trademark laws, money laundering and handling stolen goods.
Judge Penelope Belcher handed his co-accused Mark Parkinson 34 months and Anthony Cunningham a 12-month community order respectively for their roles in two separate operations.
An investigation by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) found that Michie imported more than 1.2 million unlicensed erectile dysfunction tablets and more than 141,000 other illegal medicines including diazepam, worth over £3.5m. He later accepted payment for their sale.
Between December 2008 and April 2010 Michie partnered up with his snooker pal Parkinson and used contacts in China, Hong Kong and India to bring in the medicines.
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