Man convicted for scam selling products which claimed to 'kill' Aids
A technologist was convicted today of an online scam selling products which claimed to "kill" Aids.
Admare Jinga used his base in Belfast to set up a company which advertised and distributed devices overseas, particularly to parts of his native Zimbabwe ravaged by the disease.
The 31-year-old University of Ulster graduate was found guilty of fraud by false representation.
He had already pleaded guilty to a second charge of marketing medicines for human use without proper authorisation.
Jinga, who now lives in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, will be sentenced next month.
Belfast Magistrates' Court heard he established a company Savec Healthcare Ltd in 2007 while living in the south of the city.
Up until 2009 it marketed products as alternative forms of treatment for the HIV infection.
They claimed to be able to kill, prevent or stop Aids, according to the prosecution.
One of them, the Omnivir Nano Aerosol, was produced by infusing oxygen canisters with a quantity of nano silver.
Jinga's company also sold a device called the High Care Machine - an anti-wrinkle device he claimed had been adapted by the use of microcurrents.
A prosecution lawyer told the court it effectively just burnt the skin.
Jinga was said to have paid Google £10 a month to ensure his website came up top when anyone searched for a cure for Aids.
After a range of customers gave evidence against him, Jinga took the stand to defend the fraud charge against him.
He said he became involved with pharmacists, a microbiologist and other Zimbabwean professionals concerned with the impact of HIV in their country.
"We claim the products kill HIV. On the website we never mentioned we are curing HIV," he insisted.
Jinga also argued that no complaints were ever received from those who used his products.
He added: "All these people go for viral tests every three months. Not a single person after having their checks complained to us it didn't work for them.
"If they had complained we would have given them a refund."
But finding him guilty of the offence, Judge Nixon said: "On the basis of the evidence I have heard I'm entirely satisfied as to the dishonest and fraudulent acts of this defendant."
Jinga was told that he is at risk of being sent to jail for the crimes.
His barrister, Paul Bacon, urged the judge to consider the intentions of his client, a mechanical engineer specialising in nanotechnology.
"His motivation seems to be that where he comes from there is a massive epidemic of HIV and Aids-related illness," the lawyer said.
"He centred his business around that."
Mr Bacon added that he has now shifted his focus to nutritional supplements.
Ordering Jinga to return for sentencing in six weeks time, Judge Nixon pointed out: "Because of his clear record he is not going to the cells and custody immediately."
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