Eighteen Months in Prison for Former Pharmacist Mangini

POSTED ON  |  14-09-2021

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A Mangini had been arrested and charged in a superseding indictment along with Craig Robinson for operating the HorsePreRace.com and HorseGold.com outlets that were at the center of federal indictments stemming from an investigation of a widespread scheme by racehorse trainers, veterinarians, PED distributors, and others to manufacture, distribute, and receive adulterated and misbranded PEDs and to secretly administer those PEDs to racehorses competing at all levels of the sport.

In April Mangini pleaded guilty to one count related to conspiring to unlawfully distribute adulterated and misbranded performance-enhancing drugs for racehorses with the intent to defraud and mislead. Mangini's prison sentence, handed down by U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken, matches that of Robinson, who previously entered a guilty plea. In addition to his prison sentence, Mangini, 55, of Boca Raton, Fla., was sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay a forfeiture penalty of more than $8.1 million.
  • "Scott Mangini used his skills as a pharmacist to create and supply a market for adulterated and unregulated performance-enhancing drugs that endangered racehorses," said U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss. "Mangini designed and peddled dozens of products intended for use by those engaged in fraud and animal abuse. 
  • "Mangini's products were manufactured in unsanitary facilities that he hid behind shell companies, straw owners, and fake prescription records. His conduct persisted despite efforts by state and federal regulators to shutter Mangini's operation and strip his license. Today's sentence underscores this office's commitment to the prosecution of those who, in their race for riches, would corruptly produce, peddle, or deploy illegal substances that endanger the animals under their care."
Following are details of Mangini's actions according to prior indictments, superseding information to which Mangini pled guilty, and other court documents, as well as statements made in public court proceedings.United States District Court Judge Sept. 10 sentenced former pharmacist Scott Mangini, one of 29 people, including prominent trainers Jorge Navarro and Jason Servis indicted last year on federal charges related to developing, distributing, and administering performance-enhancing drugs, to 18 months in prison.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York said Mangini contributed to the conspiracy by, among other things, using his training as a pharmacist to design and create custom PEDs that were advertised and sold online, using misleading labels, packaging, and return address information.

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