BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A criminal complaint has been filed, with several chargesagainst Dr. Anthony Galea, according to U.S. Attorney William J.Hochul Jr.
Dr. Anthony Galea, 50, of Toronto, was charged with making falsestatements to federal officials, smuggling, unlawful distributionof human growth hormone (HGH), introducing an unapproved drug(actovegin) into interstate commerce, and conspiracy to defraud theUnited States. The false statement, HGH and conspiracy chargescarry maximum prison terms of five years. The charge of introducingan unapproved drug into interstate commerce carries a maximumthree-year prison term. Maximum fines for those offenses are$250,000 for each count of conviction.
Allegedly, Galea, repeatedly entered the United States from 2007to September 2009 in order to treat numerous professional athletesin the country. The athletes were said to be from Major LeagueBaseball, the National Football League, and the ProfessionalGolfers' Association. It is alleged that Dr. Galea's billings tothree athletes from the NFL alone amounted to approximately$200,000.
Hochul said, “This office, together with our federal lawenforcement partners, take seriously our obligation to protect thecitizens of the United States from those who seek to engage inunlawful activities within our borders, or those who would crossour borders for the purpose of engaging in crime. Today’sComplaint reveals that those responsible for the flow of illegaldrugs into our country can come from all walks of life. We remainvigilant in our effort to protect our Nation’s borders fromthese threats regardless of the status of those who crossthem.”
American border officials spoke to Dr. Galea in early 2009 andtold him he could not bring certain medical supplies into theUnited States. Thereafter, in September of 2009, a different personwas stopped at the Peace Bridge carrying medical supplies. It isalleged that this person was directed by Dr. Galea to tell borderinspection officers that the medical supplies were intended onlyfor display at a medical conference in the Washington, D.C. area,when in fact the person intended to transport the products for Dr.Galea so he could treat an NFL football player.
The three NFL patients of Dr. Galea are identified in theAffidavit as Witnesses one through three, but are not otherwisenamed. Witness number one allegedly received injections ofactovegin from Dr. Galea. Actovegin is not banned by the NFL, butits use is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.Witness number two allegedly had two kits of HGH delivered to hisresidence at Dr. Galea's direction on August 27, 2009. HGH is onlyapproved for use for certain specific medical conditions, and isbanned by the NFL. Witness number three was alleged to have beentreated numerous times in the United States by Dr. Galea.
FBI Special Agent in Charge James H. Robertson indicated“Today’s developments lend credence to the importanceof a strong working relationship between federal law enforcementagencies. Aside from the international aspect of the case, thisjoint investigation took investigators to multiple jurisdictionsacross the county. Without federal resources, this far-reachingoperation would not have been successful.”
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