- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Florida man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for illegally selling diet pills that were mislabeled as “all natural” diet supplements.

A news release from U.S. Attorney Walt Green in Baton Rouge says 52-year-old John Wesley Hoag of Fort Lauderdale pleaded guilty last year. The pills he distributed as “all natural” actually contained sibutramine (sih-BEW’-trah-meen). That prescription weight loss drug was pulled from the market in 2010 because of stroke and heart attack risks.

Hoag’s 50-month sentence was handed down Thursday.

Green said Hoag’s case was related to that of 54-year-old Darlene Krueger of Destrehan, who was convicted in March for distributing sibutramine. Krueger is awaiting sentencing.

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