Matthew Greaten, 50, former president and owner of Virginia-based Nature’s Chemistry LLC, was sentenced and fined by a federal judge in Virginia for selling dietary supplements that contained a dangerous and illegal hidden drug ingredient.
Greacen and Nature’s Chemistry vice president James W. Mills were accused of manufacturing nearly 45,000 bottles of capsules containing methasterone, known by the name Superdrol, an anabolic steroid that was never marketed through legitimate channels for medicinal purposes. The U.S. Attorney’s office calls Superdrol a dangerous “designer steroid.”
Anabolic steroids are used – and often misused and abused – by athletes and bodybuilders to build up muscles and improve performance. In October 2016, the FDA warned that anabolic androgenic steroids, or AAS, and testosterone replacement treatments were associated with abuse and dependence, and carried serious risks affecting the heart, brain, liver, mental health, and endocrine system with reported serious adverse outcomes include heart attack, heart failure, stroke, depression, hostility, aggression, liver toxicity, and male infertility.
Greacen pleaded guilty in November to misbranding the drug and impeding Food and Drug Administration (FDA) efforts to regulate the drugs.
Greacen was sentenced to two years probation, four months of which will be spent confined to his home. He was also ordered to forfeit $55,000. Mills, a former Syracuse Police detective, pleaded guilty in September to misbranding and impeding the FDA’s investigation, and was sentenced last month to two years probation and ordered to pay a fine of $1,000. Mills also pleaded guilty of perjury and resigned from the Syracuse Police Department.