14 serve time for selling fake medicine

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A court in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday sentenced 14 members of a gang that traded fake medicine to between two and 10 years in jail, online newspaper Dan Tri reported.

Gang leaders Huynh Ngoc Quang, 29, and Huynh Van Tien, his 33-year-old brother, received sentences of 10 years each, according to the verdict handed out by the Ho Chi Minh City People's Court.

Their accomplices were sentenced to between two and seven years imprisonment.

According to the indictment, in 2009, Quang established the Vietnam-France Pharmaceutical Joint Stock Co. majoring in drug trade to cover his gang's illegal activities.

Quang and Tien bought cheap medicine and hired workers to wrap the medicines in packages labeled as expensive imported brands.

In January 2010, the gang was busted after HCMC police raided warehouses where the company stored fake medicine.

Police said the gang had sold 41 types of fake medicine for billions of Vietnamese dong.

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