Jared Wheat has been on the government's radar for more than two decades. Twenty years ago, he was convicted as a drug smuggler who operated a massive marijuana ring in the South. Now, Wheat must pay a $40 million judgment and recall health supplements that a judge says falsely claim to burn fat and cure erectile dysfunction.
A federal court this week ordered Wheat, 42-year-old CEO of Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, to surrender to U.S. Marshals on Friday to be incarcerated until full recall conditions for his supplements have been met.
Wheat is still facing off with the Federal Trade Commission after being hit with the $40 million judgment last September for not complying with a court ordered recall by July 14.
Adding to the drama, Wheat was found collapsed in a men's room during his fourth day in court with the FTC in late August. He was showing signs of a heart attack, and was taken to a hospital. However, that didn't stop the judge from continuing the hearing and ultimately ordering Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals to complete the product recall by the end of the month.
Numerous phone calls and emails to reach Wheat through his attorney Jack Wenik were not returned.
This isn't the first time Wheat has been ordered incarcerated for not complying with a court-ordered recall. A 2004 battle with the FTC led investigators to the current charges.