In one of the many signs that the Tiger Woods marital scandal had gone viral, back in January, it was reported that a Colorado man had admitted tampering with a Gatorade label to portray the besmirched golfer as “unfaithful” to his wife. Now, he has received his punishment for taking artistic license: two years’ probation and a $1,000 fine (for a complete accounting of his crimes, see the Colorado U.S. Attorney’s Office release; for a local take, see this story).
I had blogged about FDA going after what seemed to be a trifling case soon after the Gatorade story surfaced — calling it an example of the agency’s perhaps new vigilance on tampering and fraud. If you read the entire press release on the sentencing, you’ll see that the agency, through its Office of Criminal Investigations’ was indeed, serious.
A lesson to anyone considering even what they might think is a minor prank.
— Alicia Ault (on Twitter @aliciaault)