Last week, Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally selling testosterone from his Coral Gables clinic to hundreds of clients, including Major League Baseball players. Today, the feds have arrested another man who they say supplied some of that illegal testosterone.
Paulo Berejuk, a chemist based in Kendall, has been charged with making testosterone in his garage and then selling it on the black market.
It's not clear exactly how Berejuk's arrest connects to Bosch, who built a small empire selling performance enhancing drugs to top baseball players like Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun.
But Bosch has already pleaded guilty and met with federal agents for multiple interviews about his drug sources. One of Bosch's cohorts, Jorge "Oggi" Velazquez, also pleaded guilty last month.
Berejuk, at least according to the feds, was apparently one of the men who kept Bosch supplied with the drugs; despite openly running his clinic from a storefront across from the University of Miami for years, Bosch had no medical license in the U.S. and thus no legal means to obtain drugs like testosterone.
There are few public records on Berejuk, who apparently did research at UM (at least according to this French-language resume site), and started a string of businesses in Florida including Nutritional Ideas, TDP Telecom and C.E.L. Consulting.
The latter business does include a tie to a doctor who has been connected to Tony Bosch. Dr. Daniel Carpman, an "anti-aging specialist" in Coral Gables, was named on multiple drug scripts from Bosch's clinic reviewed by ESPN last summer.
When the network showed them to Carpman, he claimed his signature had been forged. (That claim was backed up to the network by a handwriting expert.) He later met with MLB investigators, the network reported.
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Carpman was an officer of C.E.L. Consulting, according to Florida state business records. Riptide left a message for Carpman at his Miramar office; we'll update this post if we hear back.
Berejuk filed for bankruptcy protection in 2002, but the case was discharged two years later.
We'll update this post when the DEA makes more information public on his charges.