A California man who served almost six years in prison for marijuana trafficking in the 1980s will now spend six months in federal prison for selling a prosthetic penis designed to help men beat urinalysis drug tests.
George Wills, 67, of San Pedro, Calif., sold a product called the Whizzinator, along with artificial urine with which the device could be filled. The Whizzinator was used by pilots, truck drivers, probationers, and others so they could pass drug screening urinalysis tests.
Wills’ partner, Robert Catalano of Huntington Beach, Calif., was also sentenced to three years’ probation on Tuesday, reports Joe Mandak of The Associated Press
Any other business partners of these guys should note: Prosecutors asked for leniency for both men because they are “cooperating in other investigations.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary McKeen Houghton would not detail those other investigations and her motion seeking leniency was under seal, a Department of Justice press release said.
The two men, who are starting to look suspiciously like sleaze-bag informants, pleaded guilty in 2008 to conspiracy to sell drug paraphernalia and conspiracy to “defraud the United States,” since the Whizzinator was allegedly often used to beat federally-mandated drug tests.
As part of the investigation, undercover purchases of the products were made on Sept. 8, 2006, and Feb. 7, 2007. The company has stopped operating.
The men were sentenced in a federal court in Pittsburgh, Pa.