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September 15, 2014
Ex gym owner hit with more drug sale charges
QUEENSBURY — The former gym owner arrested earlier this summer on drug charges has been indicted on charges that he sold anabolic steroids and painkillers. A Warren County grand jury on Friday handed up a 10-count indictment against Scott R. Rabine that charges him with six drug sales or attempted drug sales in Glens Falls between May 22 and July 17. He was operating Spartan Fitness in Glens Falls until his arrest and jailing on July 17. He is accused of selling the prescription painkiller oxycodone on four occasions, anabolic steroids on one occasion and a substance he billed as steroids on a second occasion. He also was charged with illegally possessing steroids that were seized from the gym. One of the steroids counts is attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, because the substance that was sold to the informant or undercover officer was tested and found not to contain steroids. “It’s not unusual for steroids imported from China to be fake,” Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan said. “What was sold was identified as steroids and labeled as steroids.” Jordan said the steroids that Rabine is accused of selling were in “significant quantities.” The grand jury also filed a felony charge of criminal possession of a weapon against Rabine in connection with a shotgun seized from the gym the day of his arrest. He has a prior felony conviction, so he cannot legally possess a weapon. Rabine, 44, also faces felony charges of grand larceny and offering a false instrument for filing in connection with allegations he illegally received Medicaid public assistance by failing to claim income. At least some of the prescription painkillers he was selling were purchased with Medicaid funds, police said. Among the drug charges is a count of second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, the state’s second weightiest drug charge, which could bring a sentence of up to 14 years. He is accused of selling more than a half-ounce of oxycodone to warrant that charge. Rabine also faces counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Sentences could be consecutive for each of the charges. His lawyer, Tucker Stanclift, said it was his understanding the substances that Rabine billed as steroids weren’t actually steroids. Rabine is to be arraigned Wednesday in Warren County Court. “Obviously, we will be entering not guilty pleas to all of the charges and revisiting the issue of bail,” he said. Rabine, who listed a Center Street, Fort Edward, address in court records, is being held in Warren County Jail for lack of bail. The gym has remained open under different management. http://poststar.com/news/local/ex-gym-owner-hit-with-more-drug-sale-charges/article_ea36bda2-3ab3-11e4-b1c0-738f78030ee5.html