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October 13, 2014
N.J. fitness trainer sold steroids (according to the Feds)
Eric C. Opitz, 47, of Phillipsburg, allegedly sold human growth hormone and anabolic steroids through online postings.
Eric C. Opitz, 47, of Phillipsburg, allegedly sold human growth hormone and anabolic steroids through online postings.

A New Jersey man who bills himself as a fitness trainer is facing federal charges for allegedly selling human growth hormone and anabolic steroids online. Eric C. Opitz, 47, of Phillipsburg, is accused of marketing the drugs to body builders and athletes for unapproved performance enhancement purposes. Prosecutors said the self-described body building consultant, known as “Guru” within local athletic communities, was first prescribed HGH in September 2010, supposedly for the treatment of pituitary dwarfism. While those with the condition suffer growth problems, failing to reach five feet in height by adulthood, Opitz is 6-feet-3 inches tall and weighs about 450 pounds, prosecutors noted in an indictment filed in U.S. District Court Sept. 30 and unsealed Wednesday.
Obtaining numerous prescriptions from various doctors, Opitz eventually received a daily dose of HGH about 40 times that recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the indictment states. He allegedly sold the HGH to buyers across the United States, advertising it through Craigslist posts in which he touted its “pharmaceutical grade” and advised customers the drug could help them “get bigger and stronger, leaner and harder,” according to court documents. Prosecutors said he typically charged about $450 for each growth hormone kit and directed buyers to send payment by wire transfer. He allegedly offered anabolic steroids, for which he also obtained prescriptions, for an additional fee. Opitz, who describes himself in social media profiles as a gym owner, massage therapist and competitive arm wrestler, is not a licensed physician and does not have the medical training required to distribute the drugs, prosecutors said. He is further accused of falsely claiming Social Security benefits to be his sole source of monthly income in order to use Medicare Part D subsidies to obtain the HGH and steroids free of charge. Medicare paid more than $540,000 for the medications between January 2011 and this past June, according to the indictment. Opitz is charged with 10 counts of health care fraud, four counts of distribution of human growth hormone, and three counts each of distribution of controlled substances and mail fraud. If convicted, he faces what prosecutors described as “a substantial term of imprisonment” and is subject to criminal forfeiture proceedings. Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/Feds_NJ_fitness_trainer_sold_steroids_HGH_online.html#R6T6v65usA5rTRAq.99