The Department of Justice Thursday added money laundering to its list of charges against FedEx, stemming from the integrators business with Internet pharmacies.
In July, a San Francisco grand jury handed down an indictment for conspiracy to traffic in controlled substances and mis-branded drugs in addition to a host of other charges stemming from FedEx’s alleged practice of shipping orders from Internet pharmacies that didn’t require valid prescriptions for pharmaceuticals.
At the time of the indictment, the DOJ said that multiple delivery issues had also arisen, forcing FedEx to change its shipping policy for Internet pharmacy packages. According to the DOJ, FedEx drivers said “trucks were stopped on the road by online pharmacy customers demanding packages of pills; that the delivery address was a parking lot, school, or vacant home where several car loads of people were waiting for the FedEx driver to arrive with their drugs; that customers were jumping on the FedEx trucks and demanding online pharmacy packages; and that FedEx drivers were threatened if they insisted on delivering packages to the addresses instead of giving the packages to customers who demanded them.”
In an updated statement, Patrick Fitzgerald, senior vice president of marketing and communications for FedEx, continued to deny the allegations.
“FedEx is innocent of these and all of the charges filed in this matter. We will plead not guilty. We will continue to defend against this attack on the integrity of FedEx,” he said. “We continue to ask for a list of all internet pharmacies engaging in illegal activity so we can turn off shipping for those companies immediately. We have asked for a list, and they have sent us indictments.”