Joseph Stiver catches avoids going back to prison after judge sentenced him to home confinement for money laundering in 5-year old steroid case.
Joseph Stiver was the top-ranked domestic source on Eroids for several months in 2013 and 2014. His high ranking possibly helped him sell millions of dollars of anabolic steroids under the brand name Anabolic Nation within a couple of years. This was pretty good for a business he started as a teenager.
Unfortunately, the Anabolic Nation steroid operation was an illegal enterprise. And Stiver was eventually busted.
Stiver was sentenced to one year in prison in December 2014 after pleading guilty to thirteen counts of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, identity fraud, tampering with evidence and, possession and trafficking of controlled substances in the State of Ohio.
Ohio State Judge Ronald Rice gave Stiver a lenient sentence of one year due to his lack of a criminal record and low risk of re-offending. Judge Rice recognized that Stiver was a young and intelligent college student still living with him mom and dad. He had an exceedingly high grade-point average. He was enrolled in a pre-med program at Youngstown State University.
Federal prosecutors apparently were not happy with the extremely lenient sentencing received by Mutagenic.
Stiver probably thought that he had done his time for his involvement with the Anabolic Nation steroid enterprise. The State of Ohio put him in prison for one year. But this was not the case.
Five years later, federal prosecutors decided that they were not done with him. Who knows why the feds decided to pursue him. The feds may have been unhappy with the lenient sentencing handed down by State Judge Rice. So they decided to prosecute Stiver for a federal money laundering charge in July 2019.
Stiver promptly pleaded guilty to the money laundering charge. The Trumbull Ashtabula Group Law Enforcement Task Force (TAG) originally estimated that Stiver generated approximately $2 million in steroid sales in less than three years. However, Stiver only admitted to laundering approximately $400,000 in sales with his co-conspirator Justin Robbins.
Fortunately for Stiver, U.S. District Judge Donald Nugent did not think prison was appropriate in Stiver’s case. Judge Nugent sentenced Stiver to 4 years probation with the first twelve months to include home detention with location monitoring.
Judge Nugent’s decision to spare Stiver from prison was the right move. Following Stiver’s release from prison, he has become a pillar of the community by establishing himself as a devoted family man and a hard-working businessman. Stiver established three different business that generated millions in revenue and supported 14 full- and part-time employees and their families.
Stiver’s “extraordinary rehabilitation” represents the best-case scenario for convicted felons. Incarceration would have served no useful purpose.
WFMJ. (January 14, 2020). Bazetta man sentenced for laundering money from steroids sold to Howland gym members. Retrieved from wfmj.com/story/41559290/bazetta-man-sentenced-for-laundering-money-from-steroids-sold-to-howland-gym-members