Martin Hickman was formerly a kingpin with a very visible portfolio; a villa on Spain’s Costa del Sol, a Bentley, a diamond-studded Rolex and a flat in London were prominent display pieces of his newly acquired wealth. Hickman utilized some 150 Websites to sell more than $10.4 million worth of counterfeit pills (mostly the widely recognized and counterfeited E.D. medication Viagra) between 2003 and 2007.
However there is was a hitch in Hickman’s plan; the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is prosecuting individuals and companies benefitting from the sale of counterfeit drugs.
Pfizer’s chief security officer, John Clark, stated that, “the point is to make them realize that there’s no sense from a business perspective in counterfeiting our products, because if we find you, we’re taking your money away.”