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Former Hershey business owner gets 4 months on federal charges

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William Joseph Zinnanti William Joseph Zinnanti
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

A former Hershey business owner has been sentenced to four months in federal prison for selling surgical devices that were not properly sterilized.

William Joseph Zinnanti, 44, received the sentence Monday before U.S. District Court Senior Judge William Caldwell.

Zinnanti lived in Hershey and from 2005 to 2007 was president and owner of Zinnanti Surgical Design, a company which made a medical device used in back surgeries known as the Bayonet Electro-Surgical Pencil.

According to federal prosecutors, the surgical pencils were impure because the methods, facilities and controls Zinnanti used for the manufacture, packing, and storage of the product were not in compliance with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

Prosecutors said Zinnanti acted with the intent to defraud and mislead the FDA with regard to the manufacturing procedures he had in place.

Zinnanti, who now lives in California, was charged in May 2012 and pleaded guilty the following month.

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