A 2011 raid on an Alton business has resulted in a number of federal charges against an Alton businessman. A federal grand jury in Kansas City has indicted 47-year-old Christopher Carstens, the owner of Orthopaedic Solutions Inc., in connection with the alleged distribution of a foreign version of Botox and Juvederm. Juvederm is a clear, biodegradable gel implant that is injected into the skin to correct wrinkles and folds.
The Kansas City office caught the case because much of the illegal product wound up there, according to a spokesman from that office. The 9-count indictment alleges Carstens and Orthopaedic Solutions distributed nearly 6,000 units of the two drugs between 2008 and 2011, at a retail value of more than $3-million. If found guilty, Carstens and his business could be ordered to repay that amount, in addition to any prison time. The official charges are: one count of mail fraud, one count of distributing an unapproved new drug across state lines, one count of distributing a misbranded drug across state lines, three counts of distributing an adulterated device across state lines, and three counts of distributing a misbranded device across state lines. The mail fraud charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years, while there is a three year maximum on each of the other eight counts.