An Oregon man was sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to making a false report of consumer product tampering.
Curtis Alan Purdy, 35, admitted he falsely reported to the FDA that his mother became ill after drinking from a tainted Crystal Geyser water bottle purchased at Albertson's.
In fact, Purdy had filled the Crystal Geyser water bottle with rubbing alcohol, and watched his mother drink from the water bottle. When she became ill, he failed to disclose the contents of the water bottle to his mother or her doctors.
In addition to filing a false report with the FDA, Purdy also contacted Crystal Geyser, requesting compensation.
“We take reports of consumer product tampering very seriously to prevent threats to the public’s health and welfare,” said U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall. “The integrity of the reporting system is crucial to anti-tampering efforts, and those who knowingly make false reports will be prosecuted.”
Purdy was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman to 18 months in prison, to be followed by three years supervised release.