Iowa man gets prison in false Hepatitis B claim

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Cedar Rapids man has been given prison time for posting false information on Facebook about a consumer product being tainted with Hepatitis B.

Luke Truesdell was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $17,700 in restitution.

The 40-year-old Truesdell pleaded guilty in February as part of a deal to one count of communicating false information about a consumer product and one count of making a false statement to the FDA.

Prosecutors say Truesdell told FDA investigators he was a Hepatitis B carrier who had bled into batches of a consumer product made by his former employer. They say he then posted false information on Facebook.

Court records don’t identify Truesdell’s former employer or the product he claimed was tainted.

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