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January 28, 2022
Aaron Singerman, the founder of Redcon1 supplements, was sentenced to 54 months in prison for the crime of conspiring to sell illegal anabolic steroids and other products advertised as dietary supplements that were unlawful under United States federal law.
In addition to his 54 month prison sentence, the former CEO of Blackstone Labs LLC, was also ordered to forfeit $2.9 million as part of his sentencing. Singerman pleaded guilty to leading a conspiracy to sell illegal products labeled as dietary supplements that weren't approved by the FDA and were considered controlled substances.
Singerman confessed that he, alongside others, had sold these illegal substances under the Designer Anabolic Steroids Control Act from 2012 to 2017. In addition, Singerman made false claims of products being made in "FDA approved" facilities. He also admitted to running a supplement manufacturer that fraudulently imported raw ingredients from China. Other products illegal products sold by Singerman included synthetic stimulants DMAA and DMBA as well as the chemical picamilon. Singerman, along with his co-conspirators, didn't report injuries or complaints from consumers to the FDA.
Special Agent in Charge, Justin C. Fielder of the US FDA Administration Office of Criminal Investigations (FDA OCI) Miami Field Office, said "Drug products that are disguised as dietary supplements can pose a risk to the health of U.S. consumers, "We will continue to investigate and bring to justice those who jeopardize the public health."
The remaining co-conspirators, including 6 people and 3 corporations that plead guilty to similar charges will be sentenced in February 2022.
Aaron Singerman, 41 years old, is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. He's spoken about some dark times in his life when he was addicted to heroin throughout his 20's.
One thing he was always interested in was bodybuilding, even though his drug addictions. Singerman eventually became a personal trainer in Baton Rouge after not pursuing university. He was then an evacuee due to hurricane Katrina then ended up in Houston.
Singerman started writing and sending articles to fitness magazines and posted regularly on bodybuilding forums. This led to podcasting, then eventually working for Dave Palumbo at RxMuscle. After that, he worked his way up to becoming editor-in-chief of the website.
He realized the people making money in bodybuilding were the supplement companies. He used his relationships in the industry plus built up his skills in digital marketing. He then became a co-founder of Blackstone Labs, which was named in the federal indictment along with his partner at the time PJ Braun. After they had a falling out, he started his own company, Redcon1, now one of the industry's larger supplement brands.
Singerman recently had run-ins with the law after a car accident when he was driving with a suspended license and was under the influence of pharmaceutical drugs. Then Singerman was arrested after a boating incident while driving while intoxicated and damaging others' property back in November of 2021.
The world of supplements is filled with some shady practices. There are consequences for actions that led to Singerman behind bars. We hope that Singerman's sentencing will serve as a lesson to others who plan on lying to the public while selling products that could harm them.
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