A Germantown man has pleaded guilty to evading taxes on income he earned from the online sale of misbranded drugs, bodybuilding and performance-enhancing supplements that were not approved for human use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
David Kirkham, 41, faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $100,000 fine. He must also must pay the IRS $280,541 for the tax years 2003 through 2006.
According to the plea, those were the years that Kirkham ran a web-based business called Lion Nutrition, which sold drugs that he bought from China. He purchased a similar business called Solid Muscle in 2006.
The drugs sold online were billed as bodybuilding and performance enhancing supplements but they were misbranded and contained ingredients—including a human growth hormone peptide—that were not approved for personal or human use by the FDA, according to the plea.
U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz has scheduled sentencing for 10 a.m. June 21.