Final Individual Sentenced in Illegal Steroid Conspiracy

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – On December 6, 2017, Kari Carter, 27, of Johnson City, Tennessee, was sentenced by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, to serve four months in prison for her role in a large illegal steroid conspiracy in east Tennessee.   Upon her release from prison, she will be supervised by U.S. Probation for three years.

 

Carter was the final of 22 defendants charged in this scheme to be sentenced.  All pleaded guilty and received the following sentences:

 

Defendant Name, Age, Residence

Prison Sentence

Supervised Release

Probation

Monetary Judgement

Forfeited Property

Joel Pasternak, 28,

Johnson City, Tennessee

108 months

3 years

 

$2.8 million

 

Edward Pasternak, 59, Newport, Tennessee

36 months

3 years

 

$100,000 (jointly with Lori Pasternak)

$68,866 cash and property valued at $80,000

Thomas Hensley Maxwell, 28,

Johnson City, Tennessee

30 months

3 years

 

$63,000

 

Daniel Boston, 33,

Versailles, Kentucky

27 months

3 years

 

$17,064

 

Heath Kershaw, 37, Fleetwood, North Carolina

21 months

3 years

 

$50,000

 

John Allen, 32,

Seminole, Florida

18 months

3 years

 

$35,000

 

Lori Pasternak, 52,

Newport, Tennessee

12 months + 1 day

3 years

 

$100,000 (jointly with Edward Pasternak)

$68,866 cash and property valued at $80,000

Matfey Lisovoy, 29, Knoxville, Tennessee

15 months

3 years

 

$40,000

 

Nathan Urrutia, 34,

Madison Heights, Michigan

15 months

3 years

 

$30,000

$20,840 cash

Christopher Jones, 37, Pawtucket, Rhode Island

37 months

3 years

 

$121,745

 

Glen Jenkins, 31,

Knoxville, Tennessee

4 months

3 years

 

$4300

 

William Gallant, 34, Sevierville, Tennessee

90 days

3 years

 

$33,000

 

Richard Hensley, 34, Memphis, Tennessee

 

 

5 years

$61,000

 

Jared Pasternak, 23,

Newport, Tennessee

 

 

5 years

$10,000

$4680 cash

Joshua Pasternak, 32, Sevierville, Tennessee

 

 

5 years

$10,000

 

Michael VanLeeuewen, 36, Memphis, Tennessee

 

 

4 years

 

 

Abigail Chester, 32, Farmington, New Mexico

 

 

4 years

$36,650

 

Mitchell Free, 32,

Lula, Georgia

 

 

4 years

$17,542

 

Lauren Dean, 27, Jonesborough, Tennessee

2 days

 

4 years

 

 

Pamela Little, 28,

Kingsport, Tennessee

 

 

3 years

$8000

 

Lindsey Smallman, 25, Johnson City, Tennessee

 

 

3 years

$8000

 

 

This scheme involved importing raw steroid powders shipped in misbranded packaging from China and other countries, which were converted to liquid, pill, and tablet form and marketed via the internet using the Incredible Hulk image and the name Hulkbody. Customers purchased the steroid products by sending money to Western Union, MoneyGram, and Walmart-to-Walmart Money Transfer using false identities. Over a three-year period, the Pasternak drug organization operated five different clandestine steroids labs in the Johnson City area, derived more than $2.8 million in criminal proceeds, engaged in thousands of sales transactions, and involved a total of 22 co-conspirators.  Law enforcement officers found what is described as one of the largest clandestine steroids lab in the United States as part of the investigation.  

 

Agencies involved in this investigation included the Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Helen C.T. Smith and Frank M. Dale, Jr., represented the United States in court proceedings.

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