New Jersey Man Pleads Guilty To Selling Pesticides He Marketed As COVID Preventives, Faces Up To 20 Years

From the Justice Department:

A New Jersey man pleaded guilty to various charges stemming from his sale of more than $2.7 million worth of various unregistered pesticides to numerous victims based on false representations that these products were registered pesticides with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and on EPA’s “List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2” that EPA deemed to be effective against SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus).

Paul Andrecola, 63, of Maple Shade, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Robert B. Kugler in Camden federal court to an information charging him with one count of knowingly distributing or selling an unregistered pesticide in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), one count of wire fraud and one count of presenting false claims to the United States.

“Andrecola not only cheated dozens of people out of millions of dollars, but also endangered the health of those who relied on his fraudulent virucidal products,” said Assistant Attorney General Todd Kim of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. “The Department of Justice is committed to prosecuting such crimes to the fullest extent possible.”

Andrecola, who owns and operates three companies based in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, manufactured various disinfectant products, including liquids and wipes, under the brand name “GCLEAN.”

GCLEAN products were unregistered pesticides under FIFRA and none of the products were on EPA’s “List N of Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2.”

Rather, Andrecola placed another company’s EPA Registration Numbers on his company’s products, and falsely marketed that his products were EPA-approved to kill Coronavirus by creating numerous false documents to support his claims.

The count of illegal sale of an unregistered pesticide carries a statutory maximum prison sentence of one year, and a fine of up to $25,000.

The charge of wire fraud is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and the count of false claims against the United States is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison.

Both the charges of wire fraud and false claims against the United States are each also subject to fines of the greater of $250,000, twice the gross profits to Andrecola, or twice the gross loss suffered by the victims, whichever is greatest.

As part of the plea agreement, the defendant agreed to forfeit more than $2.7 million of the proceeds from the sale of the illegal product and to make full restitution for all losses resulting from his commission of the charged crimes.

Sentencing is October 11th.

 

Nic Peterson • 5 hours ago

We must save the children from dangerous drag queens! — GOP

Bob’s Your Uncle – BYU • 4 hours ago

Why would so many people trust him? Watch the video. Production values and grandfatherly actor speaking slowly and confidently like they do on Fox News.

He looks like the Hollywood stereotype of a good doctor: older, white male, white facial hair, articulate and well dressed and well groomed. surrounded by orderly clutter and talks at a level that a scientific illiterate can understand. Then paraphrase the usual grifter tropes:

My moisturizer is the best, believe me. The government doesn’t want you to have this because the doctors will make more money if you stay sick. Then he goes on to demonstrate that it is a product that is non-flammable and safe for the kids and grandkids, which has nothing to do with anti-viral efficacy. Anti-bacterial vs. anti-viral. Same difference, amirite?

Voila! if you look like an expert and don’t talk down to people who think their horse sense is just as good as your fancy degree, then they feel respected if you don’t use big words and can use memorable parlor tricks that look very science-y so that you can look smart when you explain it to your even dumber friends. It’s made in New Jersey, the mecca of scientists. Princeton is located there!.

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