Bazetta man sentenced for laundering money from steroids sold to Howland gym members
A Bazetta Township man has been sentenced for his part in what authorities say was a scheme to launder money collected from the sale of illegal steroids to members of a Howland Township fitness gym and others.
Joseph Stiver appeared in U.S. District Court on Monday and was sentenced to one year of electronically-monitored house arrest followed by three years of probation. Stiver was also ordered to forfeit nearly $60 thousand to federal authorities.
Stiver, who pleaded guilty earlier to one count of conspiracy to launder money, and Justin Robbins of Detroit collected nearly $400,000 from the online sale of steroids to people, including members of the Global Fitness gym, according to investigators
Stiver and Robbins were both named in a federal bill of information stemming from an investigation in Trumbull County that led to Stiver's 2014 conviction on multiple counts of drug trafficking, identity fraud, tampering with evidence, and drug possession.
Stivers was sentenced to a year in prison for that conviction.
According to court documents, during the three years that he operated his illegal steroid business, Stiver also stole identities from three members of Global Fitness to create bank accounts through which he allegedly concealed payments for the steroid sales. Prosecutors did not reveal the names of the gym members.
Authorities say Stiver's customers would pay for the steroids via wire transfers such as Western Union and MoneyGram, or though stored value cards such as MoneyPak and Greendot.
Stivers pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to launder money and is scheduled to be sentenced in November.
Robbins will be sentenced in February.