Anthony Bosch, the fake doctor who sold illegal muscle-building steroids to Major League Baseball stars including Alex Rodriguez, had the goods on his partners in crime.
Once his Coral Gables anti-aging clinic shut down and baseball’s biggest doping scandal erupted in early 2013, it wasn’t long before Bosch began assisting baseball and U.S. authorities to save his neck.
On Thursday, the 52-year-old Bosch received his benefit for snitching when a Miami federal judge reduced his four-year prison sentence by one-third for helping prosecutors convict other defendants who participated in his steroid-distribution racket. His sentence was lowered to two years and eight months.
Prosecutors recommended that Bosch, former owner of the anti-aging clinic Biogenesis of America, be given lesser punishment because of his “substantial assistance” in the investigation. His parallel cooperation with baseball authorities resulted in lengthy suspensions of Rodriguez, the New York Yankees star, and 13 other professional ballplayers who purchased banned performance-enhancing drugs from Bosch.
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“He provided us with viable information that led to the prosecution of various defendants,” said prosecutor Sharad Motiani, noting that Bosch met with criminal investigators more than a dozen times for lengthy interviews and reviewed hundreds of medical, phone and text records that contributed to the successful prosecutions of at least four other defendants.
Motiani, along with prosecutor Pat Sullivan, reached an agreement with Bosch’s defense attorneys, Guy Lewis and Susy Ribero-Ayala, on the sentence reduction for Bosch, who was not present at Thursday’s hearing. He had pleaded guilty to a single conspiracy-distribution charge in Miami federal court in October 2014 and was initially sentenced to four years last February.
Ribero-Ayala pointed out that Bosch, who is receiving counseling in prison for his one-time cocaine addiction, was given the longest sentence in the country for his type of trafficking offense. U.S. District Judge Darrin Gayles countered that Bosch’s initial punishment was deserved before reducing it by 16 months under the joint proposal.
With the judge going along with the lesser punishment, Bosch could be released from prison in Montgomery, Alabama, before the end of the year.
The reason: Bosch is undergoing drug treatment in prison. By completing that course, he could see another year cut from his sentence. That would lower his total term to under two years.
In total, eight defendants, including Bosch, were convicted in the high-profile steroid case.
Rodriguez, who was not charged criminally, served a full-season suspension before rejoining the Yankees as a designated hitter last year. The one-time Miami-Dade high school standout had repeatedly denied using performance-enhancing drugs. But the Miami Herald exposed his lie when it broke a story revealing that Rodriguez had confessed his use of banned MLB substances to federal agents behind closed doors in January 2014.
During spring training in 2015, the three-time American League MVP finally apologized in a handwritten note for his misconduct.