Fitchburg woman, Saugus man sentenced for fake steroid scheme

A Fitchburg woman and a Saugus man were sentenced in federal court in Boston on Wednesday for their roles in a scheme to manufacture fake steroids, , prosecutors said.

Elizabeth Green, 30, was given two years of probation, and Brian Petzke, 49, got two years in prison and two years of supervised release, according to a statement from the US Attorney’s office.

Both had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, prosecutors said.


From 2015 to 2017, Green, Petzke, and six others used raw materials to manufacture steroids and market them as “Onyx” brand, which is a “legitimate pharmaceutical company that does not manufacture steroids,” according to prosecutors.

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They sold the counterfeit steroids to people across the country, were paid through “money remitters,” and used “false identifications and multiple remitter locations” to collect their profits, prosecutors said.

Green collected more than $220,000 in customer payments from money remitters, according to the statement.

Petzke’s job was to receive packages with the raw steroid powder and ship the counterfeit steroids off to customers, the statement said. He also collected payments from money remitters.

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