The owner of Lifetime Wellness LLC, an anti-aging clinic in Missouri, has pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy that distributed approximately 1.3 million dosage units of anabolic steroids. The retail value of the steroids and human growth hormone (hGH) sold between June 2008 and March 2010 was estimated to be approximately $1,368,519 .
Businessman Scott Lofquist, along with osteopathic doctor Rodney Baltazar, were indicted by the United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri on September 21, 2011. They were charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute steroids and four counts of aiding and abetting to distribute steroids.
Lofquist is an entrepreneur and personal trainer who co-owned and operated a Pilates gym in Kansas City. The anti-aging clinic was solely an internet-based venture that operated out of the home of an unindicted co-conspirator identified in court records only as “E.H.”
Individuals seeking testosterone replacement therapy and anti-aging treatments visited the Lifetime Wellness website and were able to obtain prescriptions for various bodybuilding drugs such as testosterone, oxandrolone, stanozolol, nandrolone decanoate, human growth hormone and sermorelin.
Lofquist’s partner at Lifetime Wellness was Dr. Baltazar. Baltazar was a Maryland-based osteopathic doctor who wrote prescriptions for clients of Lifetime Wellness. Baltazar did not conduct in-person medical examinations. He was also only licensed to practice medicine in Delaware.
Lofquist and Baltazar were previously indicted in the Florida for steroid distribution at Lifetime Wellness. However, Florida prosecutors dropped the case once the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Missouri decided to prosecute the pair.
Baltazar is expected to plead guilty later this week.
They each face a maximum sentence of up to 10 years imprisonment and up to a $500,000 fine under federal statutes. Sentencing is scheduled for later this year by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner.
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