|Indictment: Agents steered baseball players to doctor for performance-enhancing drugs|
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|Wednesday, 09 April 2008 14:14|
No players or agents were mentioned by name in the 11-count indictment returned by a grand jury against Dr. Ramon Scruggs and two of his associates at the New Hope Health Center in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Schoeneweis is represented by Scott Boras, and Glaus by Mike Nicotera.
``I have no knowledge of this medical practitioner or any relationship that he has with any of our clients,'' Boras said. ``We have never referred any of our clients to a wellness center.''
Nicotera did not respond to a telephone message or e-mail.
ESPN.com reported last Oct. 1 that Schoeneweis used prescriptions from Scruggs to obtain testosterone and stanozolol from Signature Pharmacy in Orlando, Fla., while playing with the Chicago White Sox in 2003 and 2004.
SI.com reported last Sept. 7 that Glaus, the 2002 World Series MVP with the Anaheim Angels, obtained prescriptions from Scruggs to obtain nandrolone and testosterone from Signature in September 2003 and May 2004.
Scruggs was indicted along with Allan Danto, identified in the indictment as a consultant to New Hope, and Heidi MacPherson, described in the indictment as New Hope's office manager. MacPherson is also known as Heidi Lyn Pfeiffer, the indictment said.
Carlos Negrete, Scruggs' lawyer, did not return a telephone call seeking comment.
The indictment, dated March 5, was unsealed in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif. It contains counts involving distribution of steroids, conspiracy, misbranding drugs, money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
``It was a further part of the conspiracy that, on occasion, sports representation agents for professional baseball players referred their client-players to defendants Scruggs, Danto and MacPherson for the purpose of obtaining anabolic steroids and other drugs which those individuals knew to be banned by Major League Baseball and therefore unavailable to the players through lawful medical channels absent the illegal prescriptions provided by Scruggs,'' the indictment said.
Major League Baseball said on Dec. 6 there was insufficient evidence to penalize Glaus or Schoeneweis for any violation of the sport's drug agreement with the players' association.
Signature has been under investigation by the district attorney in Albany, N.Y.