BEVERLY — A man who used a Beverly tanning salon as a front for a multi-million-dollar counterfeit steroid ring was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison.
Tyler Bauman of Shrewsbury, who went by the online name "musclehead320," laundered proceeds from the steroid sales through Wicked Tan LLC, a tanning salon in Beverly, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston. Wicked Tan is located at 138 Dodge St.
Bauman, 32, pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy to distribute counterfeit testosterone and other steroid compounds, conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit drugs, and conspiracy to launder money, among other charges.
Authorities said Bauman and his co-conspirators manufactured steroid products made from raw materials that they purchased overseas and marketed with fake "Onyx" labels. Onyx is a legitimate pharmaceutical company that does not manufacture steroids, authorities said.
Bauman marketed the injectable steroids through social media, where he had a "robust" following under the moniker "musclehead320," according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Bauman directed other members of the conspiracy to ship steroids using the U.S. Postal Service and to pick up payments at multiple locations using false identifications in an attempt to avoid suspicion, authorities said.
He and a co-conspirator owned and operated Wicked Tan specifically to launder the proceeds of the steroid operation, according to authorities.
Bauman was sentenced to 10 years in prison by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Douglas Woodlock, followed by three years of supervised release.
One of Bauman's co-conspirators, Kathryn Green, 29, was sentenced on Friday to one year and one day in prison and three years of supervised release. Green's main role was to pay another member of the conspiracy to ship steroids and collect payments, according to authorities.
Authorities described Bauman and Green as a "Shrewsbury couple."
Officials from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Homeland Security, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations announced the sentencing. The case was prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling's cybercrime unit.
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