A millionaire Birmingham businessman who made a fortune selling unlicensed and potentially dangerous anti-flab injections has been stripped of £800,000.
Duncan Williams, 51, of Shepley Road, Barnt Green, promoted the Flabjab treatment’s fat-busting effects on the internet, in magazines and even on the Richard & Judy TV programme.
Patients paid hundreds of pounds for consultations and courses of treatment but some suffered unpleasant side effects.
One retired woman was left permanently disfigured and so upset that she could no longer look in the mirror.
But Williams, who sold the product to more than 1,000 patients across the country, maintained that he was “proud” of the results it achieved.
His company, Lipomed, made nearly £1 million during the ten-month period when it sold the drug.
In December 2007, Williams pleaded guilty to breaching medical regulations and yesterday he was handed an £800,000 confiscation order and fined £5,000 by an Old Bailey judge.
His company, Lipomed, of which he is the sole director, was fined £5,000 and had all of its assets of £23,000 confiscated.
Williams was also ordered to pay £19,000 in prosecution costs.
Judge Martin Stephens said: “These were serious breaches of the Medicines Act, not least because Mr Williams pursued Lipomed’s activities after due warning by the authorities.”