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Anthony Bosch, Biogenesis Drug Pusher for Players, Gets 4 Years

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By    |   Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 11:41 AM

Anthony Bosch, the man at the center of the Biogenesis Clinic scandal and selling performance enhancing drugs linked to slugger Alex Rodriguez and other Major League Baseball players, was sentenced to four years in federal prison and three more years of supervised release.

Bosch was ordered into custody shortly after his sentence was handed down on Tuesday, surprising some on the courtroom, according to WFOR-TV. Prosecutors accused Bosch and co-conspirators of operating Biogenesis to give hundreds of professional and amateur athletes performance enhancing injections.

"I'm very sorry for all the hardship that this has caused everybody involved, my family, my friends," Bosch told reporters as he went to court.

The Department of Justice said Rodriguez's cousin Yuri Sucrat was also indicted along with Juan Carlos Nuñez, and Lazaro Daniel Collazo with conspiracy to distribute testosterone.

Bosch, Carlos Javier Acevedo, Jorge Augustine Velazquez, Christopher Benjamin Engroba, Paulo Berejuk and Juan Carlos Nuñez pleaded guilty in the original case last August, according to the Department of Justice.

Acevedo, Velazquez, and Engroba have been sentenced in connection with the conspiracy. Sentencing for Berejuk is scheduled for Feb. 25 before U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga, while Nuñez will be sentenced March 3.

"The sentence imposed today on Anthony Bosch, the founder of Biogenesis of America, serves as a reminder that illegally administering testosterone and other dangerous substances to our community’s high school athletes and others is a crime," said U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer, according to WFOR-TV. "The message is clear: cheating doesn't pay and individuals like Bosch, who distribute performance enhancing drugs to athletes and, more importantly, to our children, will be held accountable for their actions."

The Washington Post reported that U.S. District Judge Darrin Gayles and prosecutors indicated Bosch's sentence could be reduced if he cooperates further with their investigation. He entered a guilty plea last year to charges of conspiracy to distribute testosterone to athletes, connecting him to Rodrigues and Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun.

Sucart and Collazo, the former University of Miami pitching coach, are expected to go on trial in April, and Bosch and Rodriguez are expected to testify, said the Post.

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