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  1. Mountain-Man

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    I think it's a shame and waste of tax money


    John Verstraete, an osteopathic doctor in Kansas City, has been sentenced to one year in prison for leading a multi-million-dollar anabolic steroid and human growth hormone distribution enterprise from his Plaza Physician’s Group office.

    As part of his plea agreement, Verstraete admitted to directing at least $1.5 million in fraudulent health insurance claims involving Serostim-brand human growth hormone.

    United States District Judge Gary Fenner agreed that Verstraete was “obviously not an evil person” and agreed to show leniency when sentencing him on October 18, 2018. The 12-month prison sentence was far less than federal prosecutors had hoped for.

    Assistant United States Attorney Sirena Wissler had asked the judge to imprison Verstraete based on the federal sentencing guidelines of 46 to 57 months in prison.

    Christopher Angles, the defense attorney representing Verstraete, must have been satisfied with the leniency of the sentence. Angles had argued for probation and home confinement as an alternative to prison. But that was obviously a long-shot given the seriousness of Verstraete’s offense.

    Verstraete got his entire office staff on board to participate in his scheme
    Four members of his office staff were also indicted as Verstraete’s co-conspirators. The scheme generally involved prescribing Serostim brand hGH to his patients. The patients would go to a local pharmacy to fill the prescriptions.

    Verstraete and his staff would falsify Medicare and health insurance claims to pay for the Serostim. Verstraete would then offer to buy back the Serostim if they returned to his office. The patients would then return to Verstraete’s office where the doctor or his staff would make off-the-books cash payments for the Serostim.

    Verstraete and/or his staff would then remove the prescription labels from the re-purchased Serostim and sell it without a prescription to bodybuilders who visited Verstraete’s office. In addition to the Serostim, Verstraete also sold large quantities of anabolic steroids that his staff imported from overseas steroid sources.

    Most of Verstraete’s staff has been sentenced to probation for their respective roles in the conspiracy. But Judge Fenner couldn’t quite let Verstraete get off so easily. After all, it was Verstraete’s willingness to prescribe Serosstim that put him in the “unique position” of making everything possible.

    “Dr. Verstraete is in the unique position of having driven this entire course of conduct,” Wissler said. “He is the essential component of this entire conspiracy, without whom it couldn’t have existed or continued.”

    Judge Fenner also ordered Verstraete to pay back the $1.5 million in fraudulent Serostim claims submitted by his office
     
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    What a waste, arresting people for a helpful medication just because the name “hgh” is scary to old law makers.
     
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    I would have helped pay his bail money
     
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    If he only directly prescribed the meds to his patients he may have gotten away w it All.

    Have the middle man buy and relabel, and resell is a hard one to say oh the script was a mistake.

    It is a huge tragedy though. There r plenty of areas where purchasing gear is legal and socially accepted. It’s crazy how ass backwards this country is at times.

    Yet we can elect a known bodybuilder as governor who used and admitted to using. Why is this acceptable? It’s ok to admit u did illegal shit in the past but I don’t now so it’s ok.
    Not to bag on AS. He was and still is the big Lebowski in my eyes.

    There r plenty of clinics out there that prescribe these items that still get away w this sort of practice everyday.


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    Very true brother, the Insurance claims are what got him.

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    The FDA just approved a pain med 1000 times stronger than any pain killer and 10 times stronger than fetanayl but gear they are still making a big deal over.
    Agreed this country is ass backwards.
    Let's keep the country kill it's self and destroy families instead of letting everyone get healthier.
    Decca was designed for breast cancer but take it away as a example.


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