owner of illegal racehorse doping websites sentenced to 18 months in prison | USAO-SDNY

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Audrey Strauss, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that defendant SCOTT MANGINI was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for his years of selling and distributing adulterated and mislabeled drugs, including performance enhancing drugs (“PEDs”) marketed to racehorse trainers and other players in the racehorse industry. MANGINI pleaded guilty to one count on April 23, 2021, before US District Judge J. Paul Oetken, who presided over today’s sentencing.

US lawyer Audrey Strauss said: “Scott Mangini used his skills as a pharmacist to create and supply a market for falsified, unregulated performance-enhancing drugs that endanger racehorses. Mangini has designed and sold dozens of products for use by those engaged in fraud and animal abuse. Mangini’s products were made in unsanitary facilities that it hid behind front companies, straw owners and bogus prescription records. His conduct persisted despite efforts by state and federal regulators to shut down Mangini’s operations and revoke his license. Today’s sentence underlines the commitment of this Office to prosecute those who, in their race for wealth, would produce, sell or deploy by corruption illegal substances which endanger the animals in their care.

Based on previous indictments, alternative information to which MANGINI has pleaded guilty, and other court documents, as well as statements made in public court proceedings:

From at least in or around 2011 until at least in or around March 2020, MANGINI and his conspirators manufactured, sold and shipped millions of dollars worth of adulterated and mislabeled equine drugs, including performance-enhancing drugs intended for be administered to racehorses for the purpose of improving the racing performance of those horses in order to win races and obtain cash prizes. MANGINI, a former pharmacist whose license was suspended in 2016, sold these drugs on several direct-to-consumer websites designed to appeal to trainers and racehorse owners, including “horseprerace.com” and “racehorsemeds.com “.

MANGINI was instrumental in the conspiracy by using, among other things, his training to design and create custom PEDs that were advertised and sold online, using deceptive labels, packaging and return address information, including sales. to customers in the Southern District of New York. Among the drugs advertised and sold during the plot were “blood builders,” which are used by racehorse trainers and others to increase the number of red blood cells and / or oxygenation of muscle tissue. a racehorse in order to boost the horse’s endurance. , which improves that horse’s performance and recovery after a race, and personalized pain relievers, which are used by racehorse trainers and others to calm a horse’s nerves and block pain to improve the performance of a horse in the race. MANGINI and his co-conspirators have repeatedly touted the illegal drugs sold on these websites as substances that “WILL NOT BE TESTED” when tested for drugs by race officials. For example, MANGINI’s pain reliever product “Numb It Injection” has been touted as “a proprietary formulation and arguably the most potent pain injection on the market today AND WILL NOT TEST”, and customers have been expressly advised to administer the drug by “injection as close as possible to the event or extreme exercise.”

The drugs distributed on the Respondent’s websites were manufactured in facilities not registered with the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) and posed significant risks to animals affected by the administration of these illicit DEPs. For example, in 2016, MANGINI and his co-conspirator Scott Robinson, who had previously been convicted and convicted in this case, received a complaint about the effect of his unregulated drugs on a client’s horse: injection and for about 36 hours after that my two horses act like they are heavily sedated, can barely walk. Could I have a bad medicine bottle, I’m afraid to give more since this has happened three times. Commenting on this complaint to MANGINI, Robinson wrote simply: “here is another one”.

MANGINI is among 29 people indicted to date in a series of indictments resulting from an investigation into a widespread plan by racehorse trainers, vets, PED distributors and others to manufacture , to distribute and receive falsified and mislabeled PEDs and to secretly administer these PEDs to racehorses competing at all levels of professional horse racing. By circumventing PED bans and fooling regulators, horse racing officials, and the FDA, among others, participants in these programs have sought to improve racing performance and secure cash prizes from racetracks, all over the course of the year. to the detriment and risk of the health and welfare of racehorses.

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In addition to his prison term, MANGINI, 55, of Boca Raton, Fla., Was sentenced to three years on probation and a confiscation sentence of $ 8,108,141.65.

Ms. Strauss praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI New York Office’s Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force and its support for the Office for Integrity in Sports and Gaming initiative. Ms Strauss also thanked the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, the New York State Police and the New York City Police Department for their support in this investigation, as well as the FDA and the Drug Enforcement Administration. for their help and expertise.

This case is being handled by the Office’s Money Laundering and Transnational Criminal Enterprises Unit. Deputy Prosecutors for the United States Sarah Mortazavi, Andrew C. Adams, Anden Chow and Benet Kearney are in charge of the prosecution.

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