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Orange County Choppers Founder on Steroid List

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Orange County Choppers Founder on Steroid List



A troubled dentist who pleaded guilty Friday to illegal distribution of steroids and human growth hormone had issued prescriptions for performance-enhancing drugs to clients that included the founder of Orange County Choppers and at least four Major League Baseball players, business records show.

The case, prosecuted in South Florida, has ties to a steroids-distribution investigation launched four years ago in Albany. It also provides insight into the darker side of a pipeline that authorities say illegally provided performance-enhancing drugs to thousands of people, including professional athletes and celebrities.

Pharmacy law experts have cast the system as a perversion of medical regulations that allowed nearly anyone with a credit card to order steroids. The illegitimate nature of the business may be best illustrated in the case of James M. D'Amico, a dentist from Cape Coral, Fla., who had a revoked dental license when he was prescribing powerful drugs to patients he'd never met, including pro athletes.

D'Amico's clientele was far-reaching and included Paul Teutul Sr., the muscular and fiery-tempered star of the Discovery Channel's popular reality television series, "American Chopper," according to business records. The records indicate Teutul, 61, founder of Orange County Choppers in Newburgh, received dozens of prescriptions for steroids and human growth hormone authorized by D'Amico and three Florida physicians over a four-year period ending in 2005.

Records show D'Amico's prescriptions to Teutul were processed by Orlando's Signature Compounding Pharmacy, whose operators remain under felony indictment in Albany. Robert G. Carlson, a Sarasota, Fla., physician who pleaded guilty in Albany three years ago to insurance fraud for his role in that case, also prescribed drugs to Teutul through Signature, records show.

Last Monday, a person who identified himself as Teutul answered the cellular telephone for a number listed for him in the business records. He asked a reporter how he got the number and then declined to answer questions, referring the call to Steve Moreau, whom he identified as a manager at Orange County Choppers.

"Honestly, really, I couldn't do this even if it was about chewing bubble gum," Teutul said in response to questions about steroids and D'Amico. "Everything has procedure. Call the shop."

Moreau did not respond to requests for comment.

D'Amico, 58, whose lawyers had claimed is insane, posed as a doctor and signed prescriptions for two years after his Florida dentistry license was revoked in 2003.

Still, D'Amico's prescriptions were honored by at least two Florida pharmacies, including Signature. A second pharmacy, PowerMedica of Deerfield Beach, paid D'Amico thousands of dollars to write prescriptions. D'Amico's dealings with PowerMedica were the focus of his federal criminal case.

Debra B. Feinberg, executive director of the New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists, said the Florida pharmacies were obligated to verify D'Amico's credentials.

"That's federal, it doesn't matter what state you practice in," said Feinberg, who has a law degree and teaches pharmaceutical jurisprudence at Albany College of Pharmacy.

"I don't know of a legitimate use for steroids in dental practice," she added.

Other "patients" of D'Amico included former major league pitcher Paul Byrd, outfielder Jose Guillen and former five-time All Star third baseman Matt Williams, all of whom received performance-enhancing drugs, including human growth hormone, through prescriptions approved by D'Amico, according to business records.

The baseball players' receipt of the drugs was first disclosed in a series of articles by the San Francisco Chronicle in November 2007. The Times Union assisted in the reporting; both newspapers are owned by the Hearst Corporation. D'Amico was not identified in the stories.

The records show Byrd, who has since retired and lives in Georgia, received his final shipment of growth hormone just before Major League Baseball banned its use in late 2005.

Byrd's case further exposed a pipeline that law enforcement officials said was funneling performance-enhancing drugs to customers across the country while enriching pharmacy operators, complicit doctors and the anti-aging clinics that garnered many customers through the Internet.

Records show D'Amico wrote prescriptions for Teutul and the baseball athletes after his DEA registration expired in June 2003 and he was no longer authorized to prescribe controlled substances.

The business records also identify journeyman pitcher Ismael Valdez as having purchased $11,300 worth of performance-enhancing drugs in 2002, which included prescriptions written by D'Amico.

Pre-trial motions in D'Amico's case focused on his mental condition. Last month, D'Amico's attorneys asked permission to invoke an insanity defense after a federal judge ruled he is competent to stand trial.

Dr. Leonard A. Lado, a Florida psychiatrist, cited D'Amico's mental health issues in a letter last July to one of D'Amico's attorneys, Keith Pierro of Coral Gables, Fla.

"The current working diagnosis with Dr. D'Amico is bipolar disorder along with co-morbid substance abuse complicated by borderline personality disorder," Lado said. "This toxic combination is perhaps one of many reasons for poor judgment and impulsive decisions and unfortunately was never treated correctly."

PowerMedica shut down in June 2005 after it became the target of a federal investigation. The pharmacy's clients included dozens of police officers and firefighters. Daniel Dailey, PowerMedica's owner, pleaded guilty to federal drug charges and was sentenced last August to 46 months in prison.

A 77-year-old New York doctor, Manuel Sanguily of Tarrytown, pleaded guilty last May to writing more than 2,000 blind prescriptions to PowerMedica customers. Sanguily, a former Cuban Olympic swimmer, is scheduled to begin a 30-month prison term on March 1.

It's unclear whether D'Amico's patients, including professional athletes, knew of his problems when he was approving their purchase of steroids and human growth hormone.

D'Amico's spotted record includes the loss of his medical credentials for patient neglect and fraud and a conviction for cocaine possession, records show.

When he was on the payroll of two Florida anti-aging clinics, including Palm Beach Rejuvenation in Jupiter, Fla., most clients never met D'Amico.

"Prospective customers contacted PowerMedica either by telephone or through the website and communicated with PowerMedica salepersons, many of whom had no medical background or training," D'Amico's indictment states. "The unlicensed doctors, including (D'Amico), signed the drug orders without ever meeting with, talking to, conducting physical examinations of, or diagnosing the customers."

PowerMedica wasn't the only anti-aging clinic that put D'Amico on its payroll.

Business records show Teutul, whose spirited personality and bulging biceps helped elevate his celebrity status on "American Chopper," received prescriptions authorized by D'Amico through the now-closed Palm Beach Rejuvenation, whose owners pleaded guilty three years ago in Albany to drug distribution charges.

Teutul received 73 prescriptions at a cost of $51,784.78 between Aug. 2, 2002 and Oct. 3, 2006, the records show. The orders list Teutul's date of birth, Social Security number, telephone numbers, and three addresses tied to him through public records, including an address at 10 Factory Rd. in the town of Montgomery, Orange County. Teutul's motorcycle factory was previously headquartered on Factory Road.

D'Amico's name is listed on 11 prescriptions that records indicate were shipped to Teutul in New York. The prescriptions included human growth hormone, which many people believe slows aging and builds muscle, although those uses are not approved by the federal government. The orders also were for steroids such as testosterone, nandrolone and stanozolol, the records show.

D'Amico's attorney, David J. Joffe of Fort Lauderdale, did not respond to a request for comment.

D'Amico was indicted last March by a federal grand jury in West Palm Beach. He abruptly pleaded guilty Friday to three felony counts of illegal distribution of human growth hormone and steroids, and lying to a federal grand jury. The plea took place two days after prosecutors sought an arrest warrant when D'Amico failed to appear at a pre-trial conference.

He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million at his sentencing scheduled for April 22.

Signature's former operators remain under felony indictment in Albany County. They have pleaded not guilty to enterprise corruption and felony drug charges in a case twice dismissed by an Albany judge. The case remains pending on appeal. William J. Dreyer, an Albany attorney for the pharmacy's operators, declined comment.

Human growth hormone is approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to treat dwarfism in children and people with AIDS wasting disease or growth hormone deficiency. It is illegal to possess or distribute human growth hormone for any other uses.

Orlando's Signature Compounding Pharmacy, which shipped human growth hormone and steroids to customers across the country, shut down four years ago after a law enforcement raid that included Albany County prosecutors.

The pharmacy was subsequently targeted in an administrative complaint filed by the Florida Department of Health 18 months ago. The complaint alleges the pharmacy improperly distributed wholesale amounts of human growth hormone to a physician at a Florida weight-loss clinic.

A spokesperson for the Florida agency said the case is pending.

Carlson, a surgeon who also wrote prescriptions for Teutul through Palm Beach Rejuvenation, was disciplined by Florida's Department of Health after pleading to a felony in the Albany case. He has not been sentenced and agreed to cooperate.

Carlson did not lose his medical license in Florida. He was fined $10,000, received a letter of caution and was ordered to complete 50 hours of community service.

Another doctor who wrote prescriptions to Teutul was Dr. Glenn Johnston, who worked from an office at Signature pharmacy for several years, according to business records.
 

yakimaman

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right on, wish my doctor would

Wish my doctor was like that too!!
 

rfire

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Wow!! Sure would be nice if my doctor/dentist was willing.
 

TankAbbott

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pretty obvious the 1st couple seasons he was on gear. Remember that episode when he was repping 405 on the bench,.
 

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that was impressive at his age,405 at 59yrs old.. you can tell his off now, lost alot of size...
 

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as if he needed something else going wrong in his life right now.

when it rains, it pours.
 

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Sorry for him but we all need to start doing what Sly Stallone does, stick up for ourselves. Sly will proudly discuss his use and benefits of HGH and Test. We all need to do the same. I always speak positively about steroids, and tell people what they know about them is wrong in every way. The only problem here is, Teutel Sr. is such a hot headed jackass on that show that he can now be poster boy for Roid Rage, knocking our group back a decade or so. Thanks for showing America that HGH/Test is far beyond used by only drug dealers and elite sports athletes, but thanks for nothing for acting like such an uncontrolled idiot while on them.
 

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I know them personally and let me tell you they are real assholes......
 

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"oh looks like you have a cavity, just get this prescription filled and you will be ok in no time"...lol
 

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Just another steroid story, who here was/is not aware just how many people use these drugs?

The media portrail of this is disgusting, allways demonizing good people for try to take care of themselfs in the best way they see fit.

Here at PM there sure are a lot of members, and there are many more boards like this, is any one interested in making a group effort to show our side? Setroid users are quite often upstanding members of society and there comunity, weather they be athletes, business people or even LE.

large groops acting in a peaceful fashion often get the attention of the media (million man march) comes to mind, why not take a lesson? A million juice heads unite! i sort of say that jokingly but i would be willing to be that we could put a number like that together or more with all of the various sites out there.

Maybe its time we go on the offesive and present our side to the media? We are good people, often looked up to by those who demonize us after getting caught, lets stand up together and show the world!

I have the time and passion to devote to this, if BigA any mods or really anyone else out there thinks this is worth while and interesting lets stop letting these people run there ignorant mouths and stand up as a group for the lifestyle we love and believe in.
 

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Alot of energy wasted , while pedophiles, child molesters and hardcore criminals roam free.Not to mention thousands of missing children still unaccounted for.
 

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It wasnt 405 but 3 and change which is great for anyone. He is a big ol guy seems likeable at times and I wish him the best.
 

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I like Paul Teutal and I always said that Orange County Choppers was the most wholesome show on television, it contained none of the degeneracy and social engineering that is so rife in most programming.
 

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The good thing about getting scripts like this is your never liable. If your dr. prescribed you test,deca,tren,var,etc... even if he's not allowed, that doesnt make the patient one bit responsible, its all on the dr. Only prob is, if your famous your name will be in the media when the dr. gets busted.
 

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3 n some change / 405 either way still pretty good at his age. You think jr. juiced? For awhile there he was a pretty decent size.
 

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Like father like son. Junior maybe hit a little tes/week. What about the poor fat brother? Needed some serious help.

3 n some change / 405 either way still pretty good at his age. You think jr. juiced? For awhile there he was a pretty decent size.
 

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