Palumbo sentenced

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:

United States Attorney Carol C. Lamannounced that David Palumbo, bodybuilder and editor-in-chief of Rx Muscle magazine, entered a plea of guilty today in Federal Court in San Diego before United States District Court Judge Thomas J. Whelan to the charge of conspiring to unlawfully distribute human hormone.

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.”

3 Responses to “ Palumbo sentenced ”

  1. stephen saylor Says:

    Well thank the good lord for people like Mr Dzwilewski, I mean the threat that growth hormone creates in our community is so horrific it is tantamount to those pedophiles trafficking child prostitutes. Please oh please keep that nasty vile drug away from our children Mr Dzwilewski thank you thank you. I feel like I am getting something for my tax dollars

  2. Alston Carey Says:

    I Have to agree with Mr. Saylor In the above statement. If our local and provincial(state) government would spend as much time apprending real criminals i.e. high rolling government officials, gun toting wanna-be gangster teenagers or mabye dare I say catching osama bin ladin. In other words THINGS THAT REALLY MATTER. The world might be a better place. After speaking to a few average individuals I found that most people didn’t even know what growth hormone is!

  3. Matt Foster Says:

    I partially agree here, I think the feds could indeed find better things to spend their time on than busting guys for selling growth, or any kind of juice. But wait, he wasn’t selling growth he was selling FAKE growth. Screw him.