FTC shuts down diet-pill distributer for alleged fake claims


GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) – A Glendale, California, company closed 10 months ago will pay about $10 million to settle claims by the Federal Trade Commission that it wildly exaggerated the results of its diet supplements, used fake endorsements from people like Oprah Winfrey and hired marketers to send millions of spam emails.

FTC Midwest Region attorney Matthew H. Wernz says the $43 million settlement allows $33 million to be suspended if the defendants comply with statements submitted earlier.

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Wernz says a court-appointed attorney liquidated the company, called Sale Slash and Purists Choice. There was no listing for Sale Slash. A call to Purists Choice went to a recording; a message was not returned.

The FTC sought to recover money to repay those who bought supplements with names like Premium Green Coffee and Pure Garcinia Cambogia.

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