WARREN -- A second man linked to a nationwide Internet anabolic steroids distribution operation has pleaded not guilty to corruption-related charges and five additional counts of identity fraud.
Randy A. McHale, 46, of 13 Neil St., Niles, appeared Tuesday for his arraignment. He was released on $25,000 bond pending a pre-trial April 9 before Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay.
McHale faces the second-degree felony charge of complicity to engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and the fifth-degree felony identify theft charges.
Details of the charges are spelled out in an affadavit that prosecutors used to arrest 22-year-old Joseph Stiver of Bazetta, who has been labeled the ringleader and the one who created Mutagenic - the website that offered the steroids for sale.
Stiver, identified as a student at Youngstown State University, is free on $50,000 bond and on house arrest after pleading not guilty Monday to a 17-count indictment. He had been arrested March 21 on a prosecutor's warrant and held for about a week on $250,000 bond after assistant county prosecutor Charles Morrow called him a flight risk for future court appearances.
McHale meanwhile is believed to be identified in indictments as CS1 (confidential source one), or an associate of Stiver and "among others who are known or unknown," according to indictments.
Read the whole story in Wednesday's Tribune Chronicle.