Constable accused of repackaging impotence drugs as herbal supplements
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana constable is accused of repackaging impotence drugs and a steroid and selling them as herbal supplements called “Sex Assurance” and “Priority Male.”
Claiborne Parish Constable William Earl Maddox, 72, of Haynesville, is charged with seven counts of wire fraud, two of mail fraud and three of misbranding a drug with intent to defraud or deceive, Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander Van Hook said in a news release Thursday.
Maddox declined to comment. He referred The Associated Press to attorney Ansel “Marty” Stroud, who was not immediately available.
Constables in Louisiana are elected; they are marshals for justice of the peace courts.
Maddox allegedly bought unlabeled blister packs of the impotence drugs sildenafil and tadalafil and of a form of testosterone, then had them repackaged as all-natural supplements to treat impotence, according to an indictment handed up Wednesday.
The indictment gave the repackaged names and said both labels described the contents as “100% natural herbs and root ingredients formulated to bring you the most powerful Aphrodisac (sic) ever.”
Maddox sold them online from 2015 through 2018, the indictment alleged.
Payments went to his Middle Marketing LLC PayPal account, and Maddox mailed the capsules, according to the indictment.
Each mail or wire fraud count carries up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, with up to 3 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each misbranding count.
The wire fraud counts list seven payments totaling $8,500 in 2018.
Maddox reported getting $3,700 as salary in 2013 in the most recent statement available on the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s website. It said $2,700 was from the parish and state and the rest from collected fees. His office spent $600 of the $1,600 fees collected.
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