Update: Belgrade man says consequences have impacted his life


Belgrade man sentenced in fake cancer drugs case

BOZEMAN, Mont. - NBC Montana learned court documents revealed some insight into what Paul Daniel Bottomley thought of his case and situation.

Prosecutors say Bottomley is a man who mixed greed and health care. Bottomley was tight-lipped wherever we found him.

"No. I don't have any comments to make," said Bottomley.

Prosecutors say his business, Montana Health Care Solutions, imported foreign, cheap, mislabeled, knockoff cancer drugs and sold them to physicians at discounted prices in 2010. Court documents say he sold the company to a Canadian company, but remained an advisor and received $10,000 a month.

NBC Montana wanted to find out more about Bottomley himself, and why he got involved in the scam. We went to the Belgrade home of Peter Jones, a friend who moved from the U.K. specifically to be closer to Bottomley. Jones was unavailable to speak to us.

After digging through legal documents we found a letter to U.S. District Court Judge Dana Christensen in Missoula -- written by Bottomley himself. In the letter, Bottomley says his wrong took a toll on his life.

"These consequences have impacted the other important feature of my life -- my spiritual life," said Bottomley.

He went on to say in his letter to Christensen his professional reputation has been deteriorated and knows it will be awhile before he can recover.

Court documents stated Bottomley did not directly import and distribute the counterfeit drugs, but he knew they were fake when he was involved in the business.

As part of Bottomley's house arrest, he will be able to leave his home for church and work. The judge also sentenced him to 200 hours of community service.

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