Boise-based Bodybuilding.com got body slammed in a Boise federal courtroom Wednesday as the company, its founder and its former president were fined $8.1 million for pushing misbranded drugs into the marketplace.
U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill fined founder and CEO Ryan DeLuca $500,000, former president Jeremy DeLuca $600,000, and the rest will have to come from the company's coffers.
In May, the DeLuca brothers admitted to selling five products misbranded as dietary supplements when they were actually drugs. The five products sold between March 2006 and September 2009 were I Force Methadrol, Nutra Costal D-Stianozol, I Force Dymethazine, Rage RV5, and Genetic Edge Technologies (GET) SUS500.
According to the plea agreements, the products were drugs because they contained synthetic anabolic steroids or synthetic chemical “clones” of anabolic steroids that were not dietary supplements, and because they were labeled and promoted as products intended to affect the structure and function of the human body, building muscle mass.
Federal 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 sales of products similar to those improperly sold as dietary supplements.