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Employee of firm that shipped used medical gloves to US gets jail


A SENIOR employee of Paddy the Room company that had shipped  millions of used nitrile gloves to the US was jailed for eight years but because of his useful confession the sentence was reduced to four years without parole, TV Channel 7 said today (Nov. 2).

Mr. Prayut Petchkhun, deputy director-general of the Prosecutor’s Office, Special Litigation. and deputy spokesman for the Office of the Attorney General, said a lawsuit was filed against this company and Mr. Pipatpong Homjanya, one of its employees, as the third defendant, on charges of producing medical supplies without registration and selling fake and illegal medical products at Central Intellectual Property and International Trade Court on Oct. 27.

While Pipatpong was given eight years in jail with the sentence reduced to four years without bail due to his useful confession, the second defendant, Mr. Luk Fei Yangyang, was sued as an authorised director of Paddy the Room company but not on personal grounds.

However, as the second defendant managed to escape, legal action could only continue after police managed to apprehend him.

In its months-long investigation CNN discovered that nearly 200 million second-hand nitrile gloves from Paddy the Room had entered the US during the pandemic. But it is unclear what happened to those gloves after they reached the US.


Top: Piles of dirty, suspected second-hand nitrile gloves were found in a raid on a warehouse in Bangkok, December 2020. The Thai FDA said fraudulent companies package gloves like these for resale around the world. Photo: CNN

Home Page: Nitrile gloves shipped to the US by Thai company Paddy the Room Trading Company. These examples, seen by CNN, show clear signs of previous use — hand-writing in pen and other soiling. Photo: CNN

Also read: Deputy PM says export of millions of used medical gloves to US being probed

CNN Investigation: Tens of millions of filthy, used medical gloves imported into the US


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