West Jordan man admits selling Viagra-like drug under false pretenses

Published: Thursday, May 16 2013 3:29 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — A West Jordan man charged with selling a Viagra-like drug as a natural supplement has pleaded guilty to charges in two separate federal indictments.

Kelly Dean Harvey, 50, admitted to conspiring with two others to make and sell male sexual enhancement and erectile dysfunction products under false pretenses.

The products were advertised online as "100 percent natural," but tests by the Food and Drug Administration found they contained a chemical imported from China similar to Viagra's active ingredient. Harvey didn't disclose that the products could be dangerous for people with heart conditions, according to the FDA, which issued several warnings to consumers.

Harvey pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud and concealment money laundering in connection with the case and agreed to forfeit $512,731.

In the second case, Harvey pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to import and importation of ephedrine and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

He admitted that between August 2007 and April 2011 he conspired with two others to ship ephedrine from India to the United States.

Harvey will be sentenced on Aug. 14.

— Dennis Romboy

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