FAIRFIELD — Solano County District Attorney Donald A. du Bain announced Thursday that Benjamin Suarez, a Ohio direct mail marketing magnate and president of Suarez Corporation Industries Inc., agreed to settle a civil enforcement action alleging that SCI used false marketing claims to sell as many as 18 dietary supplements and/or medical devices.
The settlement ends a June 2011 lawsuit filed by the district attorneys of 10 California counties. The lawsuit claimed the company used deceptive marketing in selling multiple unapproved drugs and devices from 2006 and 2010. Among the products sold by the company were weight loss aids such as “AbGone,” “Colon Health Complete” and “Slim and Cleanse Complete.”
Under the settlement, SCI and Suarez agreed to an injunction prohibiting them from marketing and selling nutritional supplements that violate California consumer laws. They will pay a combined $1,796,114.50 in penalties and restitution, of which the Solano County District Attorney’s Office will receive $95,000.
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