Three men, including the brother of an Olympic gold medal winner and former WWE wrestler, received probation and fines Tuesday for their roles in a steroid ring that imported chemicals from China.
U.S. District Judge James Gwin sentenced the men for an operation that used the darknet and the internet to peddle steroids across the country from about 2015 through nearly the end of 2018.
Ronald Roginsky of Brunswick was given three years of probation and fined $25,000. A second man, John Ambrose of Chicago, was ordered to spend three years on probation and fined $10,000.
Gwin placed the last of the three, Eric Angle of Pittsburgh, on probation for two years and fined him $5,000. Angle is the older brother of Kurt Angle, an Olympic gold medal wrestler who later turned professional.
Roginsky and Ambrose were members of a group that used the name “qu4ntum.” Prosecutors said Roginsky and Ambrose were responsible for the sale of more than 60,000 unit doses of steroids.
Angle, who lives near Pittsburgh, bought more than 700 grams of steroids in liquid form for redistribution. He was a customer who used the substances to help train bodybuilders.
Angle and Ambrose pleaded guilty in January to charges of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.
Roginsky pleaded guilty in January to charges of drug and money-laundering conspiracies. He used online bodybuilding forums to find customers for the drugs, authorities said. He agreed to fulfill darknet sales in the fall of 2018 and laundered proceeds through bank accounts and a line of credit.