SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California couple has been convicted of plotting to sell millions of bottles of counterfeit 5-Hour Energy shots.
Joseph and Adriana Shayota of El Cajon were found guilty of conspiracy Monday by a San Jose jury. Each could face up to 15 years in federal prison.
Authorities say the couple produced and marketed millions of fake 5-Hour Energy shots that were mixed from unregulated ingredients by day laborers under unsanitary conditions.
It’s unknown whether any consumers were harmed.
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Six other people have pleaded guilty in connection with the scheme, which prompted the distributor to pull millions of bottles of phony shots from store shelves in 2012.
In March, a New York court awarded 5-Hour’s distributor, Living Essentials, $20 million in a lawsuit against the counterfeiters.