An asylum seeker has been sentenced to 240 hours of community service and ordered to pay over £900 for selling ineffective medical devices that he claimed could cure HIV and AIDs.
In the first ever prosecution of its kind Zimbabwean Admare Jinga, was charged with fraud.
Jinga, 31, had previously pleaded guilty for the sale and supply of an unlicensed medicine on 11 June 2013.
He had been selling a 'pain relief' machine which transmitted an electric current. This was sold with weights and flavoured oxygen, which he claimed contained nano silver – in fact it was only water.
John Wilkinson, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) director of devices said: “Our investigation revealed that Jinga was purely and simply running a scam over the internet. His machine could not diagnose HIV infection or kill the virus.
“Cases such as this serve to highlight the dangers associated with purchasing medical devices as well as medicines over the internet.”
MHRA has urged anyone who has purchased the machine to speak to a healthcare professional.
Medical devices which meet regulatory requirements have a “CE” mark, which means they work properly and are safe.