On Friday in San Diego Dave Palumbo was sentenced to 5 months in a federal prison, and another five months of house arrest with limited traveling/working privileges. He could have received a maximum penalty of 5 years in custody and/or $250,000 fine.
In October, he pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiring to unlawfully distribute human growth hormone.
From the October press release:
In connection with his guilty plea, Palumbo admitted that he obtained counterfeit Serostim from Bill Young in San Diego, which he would then sell to bodybuilders who did not possess a lawful prescription. Palumbo acknowledged in his plea that between July 1, 2002 and August 13, 2002, he received in New York two shipments of 50 boxes each of counterfeit Serostim (a form of human growth hormone) from Young in an Diego. A third shipment of 100 boxes of the counterfeit Serostim sent by Young to the defendant was lost in transit and never delivered.
Palumbo further admitted that he sold 90 boxes of counterfeit Serostim between June 2002 and September 2002 for approximately $63,000 to multiple persons believed by himto be bodybuilders, and who the defendant knew could not provide a valid prescription from a physician that would allow them to receive legitimate Serostim.
Serostim is a prescription drug containing theactive ingredient ?somatropin,? a formof human growth hormone. Serostim is approved by the FDA for use in the United States to treat AIDS wasting.
United States Attorney Carol C. Lam stated, ?With this plea, the last of an organization that counterfeited and distributed this human growth hormone has been brought to justice.?
Daniel Dzwilewski, Special Agent in Charge, San Diego Division of the FBI explained, “This multi-faceted investigation removed a significant criminal element from the community. The illegal distribution of unapproved pharmaceuticals is a felony and those who engage in this type of endeavor will always be held accountable.”