$2.3 billion in fines and a guilty plea/conviction for health care fraud provides ample cause for Canadians and Americans to not trust Pfizer-BioNtech vaccines

Fraud occurs when a person or business intentionally deceives another with promises of goods, services, or financial benefits that do not exist, were never intended to be provided, or were misrepresented. Typically, victims give money but never receive what they paid for. Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine co-developer and manufacturer Pfizer plead guilty and was thereby convicted of health care fraud and paid $2.3 billion in fines in 2009.

American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. and its subsidiary Pharmacia & Upjohn Company Inc. (hereinafter together “Pfizer”) have agreed to pay $2.3 billion, the largest health care fraud settlement in the history of the Department of Justice, to resolve criminal and civil liability arising from the illegal promotion of certain pharmaceutical products

US Justice Department, September 2, 2009

Phizer agreed to plead guilty to a felony violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act with the intent to defraud or mislead.

The civil settlement resolved allegations that Pfizer paid kickbacks to health care providers to induce them to prescribe Pfizer drugs.

Illegal conduct and fraud by pharmaceutical companies puts the public health at risk, corrupts medical decisions by health care providers, and costs the government billions of dollars

Tony West, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division

In pleading guilty, the accused is consenting to a conviction being entered without a trial. This also means that the guilty plea will extinguish any procedural rights, rights of appeal or ability to challenge the ruling of guilt.

Criminal Law Notebook

Source of information for this article was obtained, not from mass media or socialmedia, but from the UNITED STATES Department of Justice website.

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