SK Labs VP Facing Second Indictment

It hasn’t been a good year for SK Labs. In November of 2015 they were indicted along with USP Labs over the false labeling of the latter’s products. And by the Summer of 2016, Sitish Bansi Patel, the president of the company, would be named again, in a second indictment.

SK Labs is a contract manufacturer of dietary supplements. In simplest terms, this means companies (brands) approach them to produce their wares. Typically this includes anything and everything from sourcing raw materials to putting them in capsules and tubs, to slapping the label on the bottle. And if they knowingly put a label on a bottle that doesn’t match what’s inside, then a crime has been committed. If they manufacture products with illegal ingredients, another crime has been committed.

Here, SK Labs didn’t just (allegedly) cap and bottle illegal prohormones (anabolic steroids), but when they no longer wanted to participate in the illegal act, they introduced one of their clients to another manufacturer who would.

And that, boys and girls, is called “conspiracy.”

That manufacturer was Human Tech Sports Nutrition, and their president, Guillermo Ramos, was also indicted.

You may recall the story of Steven Wood, who owns Serious Nutrition Solutions, Competitive Edge Labs, and SportsNutritionOnline.com. He was indicted in 2011 and became a government informant in what would come to be known as Operation Grasshopper. His efforts led to the indictment and imprisonment of one of his former raw material suppliers, Eric Li.

The indictment against Patel and Ramos is 100% related to services and products they performed and produced for Mr. Wood and Competitive Edge Labs (CEL), his company. There are no products mentioned except M-Drol and H-Drol, both of which were manufactured for Wood’s brand exclusively, and the indictment mentions no services performed other than for Wood.

And those services ended nearly five years prior to the date of the indictment, just months under the statute of limitations…which makes me believe that this case is a bit of a Hail Mary on the part of the prosecuting attorney’s office.

I tend to believe that after five years, and the statute of limitations being at an end, the case is weak. Remember, it is questionable whether simply sending an email makes someone guilty of joining a conspiracy, and this case may simply have been brought to apply pressure on SK and influence the ongoing case in which they’re a joint defendant with USP Labs.

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