Delray, Boca Police, Delray Medical Center Seemingly Unaware They Accepted Thousands Of Dollars Worth Of Goods From Company Whose CEO, Aaron Singerman, Is Facing Federal Charges
UPDATE: APRIL 8, 2020: Boca PD apologized for a delayed response — we appreciate the department is extremely busy. The PD says it was unaware of the Singerman’s legal problems and that Redcon1 was NOT given access to the police department. Singerman and others were told to leave the boxes outside. They were retrieved by employees later in the day.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Boca Raton company Redcon1, a sports nutrition maker, is promoting its donation of 21,200 “MRE” and Breakfast bars to Boca Raton Police and Delray Beach Police, despite the fact that Redcon1’s CEO — Aaron Singerman — is under federal indictment.
It is unclear whether Boca Raton Police or Delray Beach Police knew the company’s CEO is charged with fraud, faces more than ten years in federal prison, and may stand trial in 2020. Neither agency immediately responded to requests for clarity. Here is a section of the press release issued by the United States Department of Justice last year when Singerman, and others, were indicted.
“Phillip Braun, 38, of Boca Raton, Florida, Aaron Singerman, 39, of Delray Beach, Florida, Robert DiMaggio, 49, of Henderson, Nevada, Anthony Ventrella, 41, of Boynton Beach, Florida, David Winsauer, 32, of Boca Raton, Florida, and James Boccuzzi, 34, of Parkland, Florida, were charged in a 14-count indictment that was returned by a federal grand jury in Miami, Florida on March 7, 2019, and was unsealed today. The indictment also charged Blackstone Labs and Ventech Labs, two Florida limited liability companies in Palm Beach County, Florida.
The indictment alleges that the defendants sold hundreds of thousands of illegal products, including anabolic steroids, nationwide and internationally, fraudulently representing that those products and pills were high-quality, legal dietary supplements. According to the indictment, the defendants created an illicit manufacturing company and routed sales of illegal products through trusted distributors, knowing that the products were unsafe or could not legally be sold to consumers.“
Redcon1, which is reaching out to local media through its “Chief Legal Officer” Jay Manfre, provided a link to video of police and others accepting the donations. The link was inoperable after BocaNewsNow.com emailed Manfre about the indictment.
Here is the press release Manfre sent:
“Among the many products we sell are two protein bars: MRE BAR – which is a meal replacement bar made up of whole food sources with 20 grams of protein Breakfast at the Ready – which is a cereal based bar with 20 grams of protein.
With the pandemic in full swing here in southern Florida, we wanted to make an impact and help, especially those fighting this battle on the frontline, our Nurses, Police, Firemen and Paramedics.
This past week we donated 21,120 of these bars to Boca Helping Hands, Delray PD, Boca PD, Delray Fire Department and Delray Medical Center. Delray Medical Center has over 1,000 staff members at their morning meetings, and asked us if we can make another drop off on Thursday, which we will be doing. We have a video team, so we documented the effort https://youtu.be/hnjytCi24IY.“
There has been no word from Delray Medical Center — owned by Tenet Healthcare — if the hospital will accept the subsequent donation after learning of the already highly publicized indictment.
Singerman maintains his innocence in multiple court filings reviewed by BocaNewsNow.com through PACER, the federal court filing system. He is, of course, innocent unless a court decides otherwise. Redcon1 is NOT named in the indictment. A trial is expected at some point in 2020. BocaNewsNow.com reported in December that one of the defendants plead guilty and signed a proffer. You can read that report here.
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