A Canadian doctor who counted sports stars Tiger Woods and Alex Rodriguez as patients pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of bringing illegal substances including steroids into the US.
Anthony Galea, 51, pleaded guilty to a charge of misleading a US agency by introducing misbranded drugs into the US, according to a law clerk for US district judge Richard Arcara in federal court in Buffalo.
In a complaint filed in May 2010, federal investigators said Galea, a sports medicine physician from Toronto, had traveled to the US since 2007 to treat athletes, although he wasn't licensed to do so. The misbranded drugs included nutropin, a human growth hormone, and actovegin, a substance derived from calf's blood.
"The defendant admitted to not only bringing unapproved substances into the country repeatedly, but that he also practiced medicine without a license," US Attorney William Hochul said in a statement.
The athletes that Galea treated with the drugs included three present and former National Football League players. Galea will be sentenced on October 19. He faces as long as three years in prison and a fine of as much as $250,000, plus restitution of $275,000, prosecutors said in the statement.