Poly Implant Protheses' Boss Jailed After Missing Bail Payments
Published: Mar 08, 2012
The boss of the French company which made defective breast implants fitted in up to 500,000 women across 65 countries has been jailed after failing to pay his bail. A French judge ordered the arrest of Jean-Claude Mas after he failed to hand over the €100,000 (£83,000) bail imposed when he was accused of "involuntary wounding" in January. Mr Mas, 72, founder of Poly Implant Protheses (PIP), is at the centre of one of the largest, fraud-related, health scandals of all time. Between 300,000 and 500,000 women around the world, including 40,000 in Britain, are believed to have been given PIP breast implants made with a sub-standard and possibly dangerous silicon gel. In January, he was arrested and formally accused of voluntary wounding and warned of a possible future accusation of manslaughter.