Brooklyn Doc Charged in Steroid Bust

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NEW YORK, N.Y. (WPIX) -- Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes announced Tuesday the indictments of Dr. Richard Lucente, his clinic and a pharmacy on charges of illegally supplying steroids to bodybuilders and weight lifters.

The 76 count indictment accuses Lucente of writing prescriptions to patients who didn't need them, then steering them to a local pharmacy to fill the prescription in return for thousands in kickbacks. Lucente also allegedly collected more than half a million dollars from the patients who bought the illegal steroids.

The pharmacy named in the indictment is Lowen's Pharmacy in Brooklyn's Bay Ridge section. According to the New York Times, Lowen's paid Lucente more than $27,000 between 2005 and 2006.

The indictment has now sparked an NYPD internal affairs investigation, after records seized from the Brooklyn pharmacy revealed a clientele list that included a number of police officers that all worked out at the same gym.

Last April, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly added steroids to the list of banned substances after an investigation revealed 19 cops got steroids from Lowen's.

And in 2004 Lowen's Pharmacy became a national supplier of performance-enhancing drugs. Lowen's owner, John Rossi, committed suicide last year amid the criminal probe of his store's steroid sales. Rossi was named in former Senator George Mitchell's report on drug use in baseball.

Tuesday's charges follow an investigation in which $8 million worth of human growth hormone and anabolic steroids were seized in raids from the pharmacy.

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