Winchester Man Sentenced to Jail after Falsely Labeling Monkey Blood as Human
21 March 2017 News
Phillip Lloyd, a 57-year-old broker of human blood and animal blood products in Winchester who pleaded guilty last December to falsely labeling monkey blood as human, has been sentenced in court.
Before District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee in Alexandria, Lloyd was sentenced on March 15 to four months in jail, a fine of $250,000, and two years of supervised probation after he completes his jail term.
He faced up to five years in prison.
Prosecutors say Lloyd owned and managed Biochemed Services Inc. Authorities say Biochemed packaged and shipped to other countries blood of squirrel monkeys and other primates. Lloyd was caught when an undercover employee of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acted as an employee of a company in Canada that sent requests for squirrel monkey blood in 2014.
“On multiple occasions in February 2014, Lloyd caused FedEx to pick up and deliver to Tropicus Research packages of squirrel monkey blood, falsely labeled as “Human Blood,” accompanied by a commercial invoice indicating that the shipment contained human blood,” the Department of Justice previously stated in the release.