Woman Convicted In Bogus Flu Vaccine Case Going To Prison

August 18, 2009

Martha Denise Gonzales, the woman who was convicted in 2007 for her role in the distribution of a fake flu vaccine, has been sentenced to prison for violating her probation.


Gonzales was sentenced to five years probation for her involvement in the distribution of the fake vaccine to more than 1000 persons in the Houston area.


She has been to 21 months in federal prison for violating the terms of her probation, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced late yesterday.


In the summer and fall of 2005, more than 1,100 Exxon workers, dozens of senior citizens at local rest homes as well as other local residents all received shots of what was eventually determined by the Food and Drug Administration to be bacteriostatic water, not legitimate flu vaccine. 


Gonzales, 52, was charged for her involvement in the scheme, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years probation and fined $5,000 in May 2007. Gonzales was again arrested in mid-July of this year after a warrant was issued on a petition to revoke her probation for reportedly committing additional criminal offenses and failing to report to her probation officers.


At a hearing before United States District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt Monday afternoon, Gonzales pleaded “true” to the allegations. She admitted to committing three felonies for which she has been convicted.


All three felonies were committed in Liberty County, including two charges of forging checks from a local business in June 2008 and stealing four night deposits from an area restaurant in October and November 2008.


She also admitted failing to report to her federal probation officer for nearly a year and failing to alert probation that she had changed addresses. 


Gonzales has been in federal custody without bond since her mid-July arrest.


She will remain in custody to serve her sentence.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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