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Indian Americans indicted for counterfeit dietary supplements

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(DIYA TV) — Criminal chargers are being brought against two companies whom manufacture and sell dietary supplements — one of the companies, California-based SK Laboratories, and its president, Indian American Sitesh Patel, has been charged with conspiring to dupe the public into buying dietary supplements which were loaded with dangerous and unsafe chemicals from China.

The Department of Justice 11-count indictment alleges both companies, SK Laboratories and USP Labs, knowingly falsified ingredients and labeling on dietary supplements, putting American’s at risk. The DOJ further added the supplements were sold over the counter, promoted as products which would enhance workout results and improve health.

“When they found an ingredient that they believed was promising and knowing full well how the market for dietary supplements worked, they doctored packaging, labeling, and other paperwork to defraud others about what the product was,” Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Mizer said.

USP Labs forged labels it used natural plant extracts in its product, when in fact it was using synthetic supplement manufactured in a Chinese chemical factory, according to the indictment. SK Laboratories role in the conspiracy included the manufacturing of said labels.

Recent private emails, which were sent by Patel, reveal the government’s claims could be true. “Lol, stuff is completely 100% synthetic,” Patel wrote in an email to SP Labs owners Jacobo Geissler and Jonathan Doyle.

“They falsified labeling and marketing materials to convince consumers who prize natural ingredients to buy their products,” Mizer said.

Emails sent from Geissler to a Chinese chemical company could reveal that accusation is true as well.

“Please send as green coffee samples…and don’t label the individual bags. Label as green coffee sample 1,2,3, etc.,” Geissler told a Chinese chemical supplier in an email. “Please use fake COA,” he added.

COA, or, “certificate of analysis,” is a standard certification of a shipped product’s ingredients.

According to its website, SK Laboratories prides itself on the integrity of their quality control and testing to ensure the purity of its supplements. The government opines a completely different story, claiming the products went completely untested or fell below set safety mandates. The government hopes the indictment will convince the general public to be much more skeptical of health and dietary supplements, especially ones which tout the ability to cure disease, reverse aging or significantly impact weight loss with little or no work required.

Mizer said it is the DOJ’s opinion that the companies sometimes tested the products, but only on themselves, omitting clinical trials.

“The indictment alleges that the defendants sometimes tested the products on themselves and sold the ones that made them feel good,” he said.

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FBI: Amity CEO Ridhima Singh, others accused of major healthcare fraud

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — The FBI says, CEO Ridhima Singh of Amity Home Health Care is among the 28 people, that include doctors and nurses, accused in the scheme. Federal prosecutors charged the Bay Area’s largest home health care provider, Amity Home Health Care, with involvement in a kickback scheme that led to $115 million in tainted claims. The complaint said medical professionals received $8 million worth of bribes disguised as payroll, phony medical directorships, reimbursements, entertainment or gifts, in what the Department of Justice said was simply “a cash for patients scheme.”

The man accused of stabbing and killing 62 year old Parmjit Singh in Tracy made his first court appearance. 21 year old Anthony Kreiter-Rhoads of Tracy pleaded not guilty of homicide during his arraignment. Police are still investigating the motive behind the crime.

And Priyanka Chopra & her husband Nick Jonas were named by People Magazine as their pick for ‘Best Dressed of the Year.’

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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PM Modi’s Houston reception sold out, 50,000 to attend

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HOUSTON (Diya TV) — “Howdy, #Modi!”, the community event in Houston next month featuring Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is sold out, with more than 50,000 people registering for the program. This community summit will be at NRG Stadium, home of the Houston Texans football team. The expected crowd will be the largest for a foreign leader in the United States other than for Pope Francis.

The Indian government has begun to ease restrictions in most areas of Kashmir, with barricades being lifted to allow more freedom of movement of people and traffic. Markets remained shut and phone and internet services are still suspended. Large security measures are also still in place. Students are being asked to return to school, but most classrooms are still mostly empty.

With a lot of narratives online about what’s going on in Kashmir, we asked Indian Counsel General in San Francisco, Sanjay Panda, to give context and sort out fact from fiction.

Fire Eye, an American-based cyber security firm says hackers broke into a leading India-based healthcare website, stealing nearly seven million records containing patient and doctor information. Fire Eye did not publicly name the website, but says the cyber criminals are mostly China-based and are selling the stolen data underground.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian PM Modi to address the United Nations in September

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the annual UN General Assembly (UNGA) session on September 28th. He is also expected to attend a multitude of high-level summits while in New York. He will also speak at a diaspora event in Houston on September 22nd.

India and the U.S. are “very close” to resolving all their trade-related differences, with Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal planning to meet the U.S. Trade Representative in the next month.

India is the only major Asian economy that’s grown its export share since the start of the tariff wars in 2018. It’s also the one with the fewest trade links to China.

As opioid epidemic spreads globally, the Savera Medical Centre in Edmonton, Canada is perhaps the first clinic to focus on treating South Asians affected by opioids

And in a story but you’ve got to see to believe, there were more than students attending class at IIT Bombay. This cow wanted to in on some of the technical training.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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