By T. D. Thornton
An employee of Florida veterinarian Seth Fishman last week permitted Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents to search her workplace, and the inside tip has allegedly yielded evidence that Fishman is still selling purportedly performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) while awaiting an expected January start to his trail in the international racehorse doping conspiracy case.
“Remarkably, despite having been arrested in October 2019 and indicted in 2020 in connection with his sale of misbranded and adulterated drugs designed to be ‘untestable’ by various antidoping authorities, Fishman apparently persists in touting the efficacy of his drugs in evading antidoping testing regimes, labeling his new batches of HP Bleeder so as to indicate to his clientele that they contain no known ‘testable’ ingredients,’” stated a Dec. 6 court filing by the prosecution that asked a judge to consider revoking the bail terms of Fishman’s pretrial release.
Fishman is charged with two felony counts related to drug alteration, misbranding, and conspiring to defraud the government. His case is being heard in United States District Court (Southern District of New York).
According to the filing, in the course of proffering an unnamed potential trial witness who has been a “long-time employee of Fishman’s illegal drug distribution business” (variously operating under the names Equestology, Camelology, Equi-Tech and other monikers), the government was informed on Nov. 9 by “Employee-1” that Fishman’s business “continued to operate in a purportedly limited” capacity.
“More specifically, Employee-1 informed the Government, in substance and in part, that Fishman’s business was creating ‘energy drinks’ for foreign distribution and that Employee-1 remained tasked, by Fishman, with continuing to create a ‘bleeder’ paste (itself a drug containing active pharmaceutical ingredients), which Employee-1 also described as being for foreign distribution,” the filing stated.
“As charged in the Indictment, Fishman’s drug operation is not registered or licensed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to create, manufacture, and distribute drugs, including the ‘bleeder’ paste reportedly in continued production,” the filing stated.
After initially providing this information, Employee-1 and her attorney consented for FBI agents to accompany her to where she works for Fishman on Dec. 3.
“At that time, the FBI agents (accompanied throughout by Employee-1) discovered that Fishman is continuing to produce and distribute not only the paste identified by Employee-1 and the purported ‘energy drinks,’ but additional injectable, misbranded and adulterated PEDs, including the injectable drugs ‘HP Bleeder’ and ‘PSDS: Pain Shot DS.’
“Labeling on certain of the vials discovered during this consent search reflect that Fishman continues to create and distribute these drugs today, including ‘date of manufacture’ markings reflecting activity even into 2021,” the filing stated.
The filing stated that “shipping material for ‘E.G.H.’ appears to be recently created packaging for equine growth hormone, a substance that, like HP Bleeder and various pain shots, were also sold by Fishman during and as part of the charged conspiracies.”
In asking the judge to consider revoking Fishman’s bail, the filing stated that, “In addition to constituting evidence of the charged offenses and reflecting continued violation of federal law, the recent search reflects Fishman’s failure to comply with the most basic term of his pretrial release, namely that he not ‘violate federal, state, or local law while on release.’
“The drugs found in Fishman’s offices continue to be manufactured through the same unregistered, unlicensed business that forms the basis of the charged offense, and include the drug ‘HP Bleeder’ previously obtained from multiple searches of premises controlled by Jorge Navarro, Lisa Giannelli, Christopher Oakes, as well as [other defendants],” the filing stated.
“As such, there is ample basis for a finding of probable cause that Fishman has flagrantly violated the terms of his pretrial release by committing an ongoing federal crime,” the filing stated.
The judge in the case immediately ordered a Dec. 20 hearing on the bail revocation request.
TDN has emailed Fishman’s attorney, Maurice Sercarz, requesting his client’s side of the story. This article will be updated upon the receipt of a timely response.