The founder of Bodybuilding.com has been hit with a half-million-dollar fine and probation after pleading guilty of selling misbranded drugs as dietary supplements. Ryan DeLuca, who is also Bodybuidling.com's CEO, pleaded guilty to five counts of violating the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
Federal prosecutors said the drugs contained synthetic anabolic steroids or synthetic chemical clones of anabolic steroids that were not dietary supplements. The five products were I Force Methadrol, Nutra Costal D-Stianozol, I Force Dymethazine, Rage RV5 and Genetic Edge Technologies SUS500.
Prosecutors said that in the first seven and one-half months of 2009, Bodybuilding.com had gross revenues of almost $1.8 million from the sale of products similar to those DeLuca admitted were improperly sold as dietary supplements.
Each count was punishable by up to one year in prison, but according to the plea agreement, DeLuca is not expected to spend any time behind bars. Formal sentencing is set for Wednesday, June 20.
You can read the full plea agreement here: body_building_2.pdf.