Bodybuilding.com, executives, to pay large penalties

Bodybuilding.com, executives, to pay large penalties

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Jeremy and Ryan DeLuca

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by KTVB

KTVB.COM

Posted on May 9, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Updated Thursday, May 10 at 10:35 AM

BOISE -- For a second time this year, a former executive linked to the Meridian-based nutritional supplement company Bodybuilding.com will pay fines for violating the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic act.

According to U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson, Jeremy and Ryan DeLuca have both now pleaded guilty to similar misdemeanor violations.

On Wednesday, former Bodybuilding.com president Jeremy DeLuca pleaded guilty to several misdemeanor charges connected to mis-labeling the Meridian company's products. DeLuca will pay a $600,000 fine.

Bodybuilding.com also agreed to pay stiff fines totaling $7 million.

The plea hearings are set for later this month.

In April, former CEO Ryan DeLuca pleaded guilty to violating the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. In that case, prosecutors had alleged he sold nutritional supplements that contained body altering steroids.

Ryan DeLuca agreed to pay a $500,000 fine.

Both sets of charges stem from 2009 when federal agents raided Bodybuilding.com.

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