BOISE -- A federal judge has fined two brothers and their Idaho-based online fitness supplement company millions of dollars for selling misbranded drugs.
U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson announced Wednesday that U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill fined Bodybuilding.com $7 million for violating the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and placed the company on four years' probation. Former company president, Jeremy DeLuca, was fined $600,000, and CEO Ryan DeLuca was fined $500,000 for several misdemeanor counts of selling misbranded drugs. The brothers were also placed on three years' probation.
Investigators said the company sold products listed as dietary supplements that actually contained synthetic anabolic steroids.
Olson said the huge fines send the message that retailers and manufacturers have a responsibility to make sure they're not selling drugs masquerading as dietary supplements.