Monday, February 14, 2011
Team Canada skip sentenced in fake Viagra case
Judge Martinez told Armstrong that as a retired dentist, “you are a trained medical professional... you knew better,” than to provide counterfeit drugs.
He sentenced Jim to a $30,000 fine and a year of supervised release that must include 75 hours of community service. This was $20,000 less than had been recommended to the judge in the signed package plea agreement that avoided a trial.
The fake pills were to have been distributed in Vancouver by his son Gregory, who also faced sentencing today. Gregory was sentenced to a year and a day in jail, a $5,000 fine and two years supervised release, and was taken into custody immediately.
The judge will determine on April 12th whether the men owe restitution to the drug companies whose products were counterfeited.
The Province published a report HERE.
The Toronto Sun reported on background to the case last Sunday.
Given that there were no surprises at today's hearing, it is not expected that Jim will be the subject of any CCA sanction beyond what Greg Stremlaw had previously announced: "disciplinary actions taken and specific conditions imposed; but that the athlete is still a part of the National Team program and will continue to train and compete as such at this time."
Jim departs with the rest of Team Canada on Thursday to defend their World Championship in Prague February 21 - March 1.