After Report Of Delay, Sentencing Did Take Place Thursday.
Also Ordered To Forfeit $2.9M.
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Redcon1 Founder Aaron Singerman will spend 54 Months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release.
The founder of Boca Raton-based nutritional supplement and physical fitness company Redcon1, Singerman’s sentence was imposed by United States District Judge William Dimitrouleas on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale. It was not immediately clear when, or if, Singerman will be eligible for parole. The prison location is to be determined. Singerman was also ordered to forfeit $2.9M. The Clerk for the Southern District of Florida reported early Thursday that Singerman’s sentencing would be delayed until mid-February due to a scheduling conflict. That was apparently resolved and sentencing proceeded.
Singerman was indicted in 2019 on multiple counts of fraud and criminal activity relating to his work with a company he partially owned called “Blackstone Labs.” Singerman’s legal team fought the charges, at times it appeared effectively, for two years. But on the eve of trial in November, Singerman entered a guilty plea to “introduction of unapproved new drugs into interstate commerce with intent to defraud and mislead,” and “conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.” As part of the initial plea agreement, Singerman understood that he faced up to 13 years in prison, but might be eligible for “step down” reductions which would reduce the amount of time the Judge could impose. That “step down” possibility dissipated when he was arrested for “boating under the influence” in Broward County in late November, then involved in a serious, high-speed crash near Aventura in early January.
Federal Magistrate Judge William Matthewman, writing “enough is enough,” ordered Singerman held until today’s sentencing.
Singerman also notably declared that he would “not do anything differently” when he spoke about his legal issues during a holiday Redcon1 party held at Mar-A-Lago. Federal Prosecutors cited that statement in an argument for Singerman to be sentenced to significant time in prison.
We will publish the official sentencing order as soon as we receive it. Read our previous coverage of Singerman’s legal journey here. Singerman can appeal the sentence.
This is the official announcement releated late Thursday by the United States Department of Justice:
According to court documents, Aaron Singerman, 41, of Delray Beach, Florida, founded and operated Blackstone Labs LLC, a Boca Raton-based sports and dietary supplements retailer. Singerman is the former CEO of Blackstone. U.S. District Court Judge William P. Dimitrouleas of the Southern District of Florida sentenced Singerman to 54 months in prison and ordered him to forfeit $2.9 million.
In pleading guilty, Singerman admitted to leading a conspiracy to sell products through Blackstone labeled as dietary supplements that were illegal under federal law because they were not approved by the FDA and were controlled substances. According to court documents, Blackstone defrauded the FDA as part of the scheme.
“Selling products labelled as dietary supplements that actually contain controlled substances and unapproved drugs is illegal and potentially dangerous,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian M. Boynton of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “The Department of Justice will work with its law enforcement partners to prosecute dietary supplement makers who ignore the law and disregard public safety for monetary gain.”
“Drug products that are disguised as dietary supplements can pose a risk to the health of U.S. consumers,” said Special Agent in Charge Justin C. Fielder of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations (FDA OCI) Miami Field Office. “We will continue to investigate and bring to justice those who jeopardize the public health.”
Singerman specifically admitted that he conspired with others from 2012 through 2017 to sell products that were unapproved new drugs and/or illegal controlled substances under the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act. The defendant admitted that he and his co-conspirators lied to consumers by characterizing Blackstone products as safe and legal dietary supplements. In addition, he falsely represented that the products were made in “FDA approved” registered facilities that followed all required regulations, when in fact they were not. Singerman also admitted to controlling a supplement manufacturer that fraudulently imported raw ingredients for their products from China. Singerman admitted to selling other products in violation of the Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act, including the synthetic stimulants DMAA and DMBA, and the chemical picamilon. Singerman and his co-conspirators ignored injury reports from consumers and did not notify the FDA of such complaints, even when required by law.
Six additional individual defendants and three other corporations previously pleaded guilty to charges related to the conspiracy. One additional defendant, James Boccuzzi, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to defraud the FDA following a jury trial in December 2021. All 10 of these additional defendants are scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Dimitrouleas in February.
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