United States v. Phillip Braun, a/k/a "PJ," Aaron Singerman, Robert DiMaggio, Anthony Ventrella, a/k/a "Joey," James Boccuzzi, David Winsauer, Blackstone Labs, LLC, and Ventech Labs, LLC
9:19-CR-80030-Dimitrouleas (S.D. Florida)
Court Assigned: This case is assigned to the Honorable William P. Dimitrouleas, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, U.S. Federal Building and Courthouse, 299 East Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301. Trial is currently scheduled to begin on June 14, 2021.
The information on this website will be updated as new developments arise in the case.
CHANGE OF PLEA UPDATE:
On November 19, 2019, defendant Robert DiMaggio pleaded guilty to Count 1 of the charges as laid out below – a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371 for the crime of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
On March 7, 2019, six people and two Florida corporations were charged in an indictment for their roles in a scheme to distribute illegal dietary supplements.
Phillip Braun, Aaron Singerman, Robert DiMaggio, Anthony Ventrella, David Winsauer, James Boccuzzi, Blackstone Labs, LLC, and Ventech Labs, LLC were charged in a 14-count indictment that was unsealed on March 13, 2019.
The indictment alleges that the defendants sold illegal products, including anabolic steroids, nationwide and internationally, fraudulently representing that those products were high-quality, legal dietary supplements. According to the indictment, the defendants created an illicit manufacturing company and routed sales of illegal products through trusted distributors, knowing that the products were unsafe or could not legally be sold to consumers.
- All of the defendants were charged with one count of a conspiracy to defraud consumers and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by selling products labeled as dietary supplements that contained unapproved new drugs, illegal steroids, and other ingredients that were hazardous and prohibited by law.
- The indictment also charges Braun, an owner of Blackstone Labs, and Singerman, a former company owner, with two counts of introducing a product known as Super DMZ RX 2.0, an unapproved new drug, into interstate commerce.
- The indictment further charges Braun, Singerman, and five other defendants with one count of a conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids, which are Schedule III controlled substances under federal law and which may cause kidney failure, liver damage, and other permanent health problems when misused.
- The indictment additionally charges several defendants in three separate counts of distribution of anabolic steroids and charges Ventrella with one count of possession of an anabolic steroid with the intent to distribute.
- Braun and Singerman are each charged with three counts of money laundering.
Count 1 of the Indictment alleges that defendants falsely marketed their products as legal dietary supplements. Count 1 of Indictment alleges that the following products were distributed as part of a conspiracy to defraud consumers and the FDA:
- Super DMZ RX 2.0
- Alpha-1 Max
- Angel Dust
- PCT IV
- Euphoria RX
Hearings: Judge Dimitrouleas held hearings on the defendants’ pretrial motions on February 21, 2020 and March 2-4, 2020. The Court denied the defendants’ motions to dismiss and motions to suppress.
On April 6, 2020, the Southern District of Florida issued an Administrative Order stating that all criminal trials scheduled to begin on or after March 30, 2020, are continued until July 6, 2020, due to COVID-19. On April 13, 2020, Judge Dimitrouleas issued an order rescheduling the US v. Braun, et al. trial to begin on October 26, 2020 at the following address:
Fort Lauderdale Division
United States District Court
299 East Broward Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
Trial Date: June 14, 2021, 09:00 am
Calendar Call: June 7, 2021, 09:00 am
Sentencing Hearing: Robert DiMaggio – December 4, 2020
3/7/19 - Indictment
3/13/19 - Press Release
4/3/19 - Victim Letter
If you are a victim of the offense being charged in this case, you may contact the Victim-Witness Coordinator in the Southern District of Florida to help you exercise your rights.
For information or assistance, please contact:
Victim Witness Coordinator
U.S. Attorney’s Office - Southern District of Florida
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