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5 Shocking Medical Device Crimes—Perez

Article-5 Shocking Medical Device Crimes—Perez

David Perez 

David Perez

In April 2016, David Perez was sentenced to 30 months in jail for selling an unapproved medical device called "Energy Wave" online and mailing them to customers across the United States. According to a U.S. Department of Justice press release, Perez advertised the Energy Wave through a website as a way to treat medical conditions like cancer, AIDS, diabetes, abdominal pain, stroke, ulcers, and more. 

The DOJ described the Energy Wave as being made of "a micro-current frequency generator with a digital readout, two stainless steel cylinders, two personal application plates with connectors and lead wire for the cylinders and plates." Customers were given codes for hundreds of digital settings supposedly designated for different medical conditions. 

Perez admitted to making approximately $271,000 from device sales and that he intentionally tried to "defraud and mislead" FDA. 

Perez's wife, Sandra, admitted she helped David ship the devices and desposited money to pay the manufacturer, David Arthur, for the devices. She was sentenced to one year of probation, 100 hours of community service, and must pay $1495 in restitution to a customer. Arthur was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

David Perez's sentence: 30 months in custody



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