Counterfeiters of 5-Hour Energy Convicted
Two people have been convicted of conspiracy in charges related to a scheme to distribute counterfeit 5-Hour Energy drinks. United States v. Shayota, No. 15-0264 (N.D. Cal., verdict entered November 28, 2016). The couple, Joseph and Adriana Shayota, produced several million bottles of a drink manufactured under unsanitary conditions and labeled the drink with 5-Hour Energy’s packaging. Before beginning that scheme, the couple reportedly bought 5-Hour Energy drinks intended for the Mexican market, repackaged them and sold them in the United States for a price well below the retail price. Six other defendants pleaded guilty to similar charges, and 5-Hour Energy maker Living Essentials won a $20-million civil judgment in March 2016. See Los Angeles Times, November 30, 2016.