Clinic accused of alleged steroids scam

Elite Victorian police officers sought treatment at a Melbourne sports medicine and anti-ageing clinic accused of running an alleged testosterone and anabolic steroids trafficking racket.

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The Melbourne Magistrates Court heard on Monday two members of the Special Operations Group visited the Melbourne Sports Medicine and Anti-ageing clinic for treatment between 2012 and 2013.

The clinic owner, Robin James Taylor, his partner Georgina Matta, of South Morang, receptionist Amy Lee Gorgievski, of Pascoe Vale, and doctor Hoong Pan Sze-Tho, of Bulla, were in court for a committal mention.

They each face numerous charges including trafficking anabolic steroids and prescribing testosterone for other than medical treatment.

One of the officers, who cannot be named, told the court he was given two different peptides by Mr Taylor after seeing him about blood test results.

One of the drugs was Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 6 (GHRP6)- commonly used by bodybuilders for weight loss, increased bone density and increased cellular repair.

The officer had gone there for a health check and was told blood tests would identify whether he needed treatment. He does not remember the results.

Dr Sze-Tho was in the consulting room at the time, but did not speak to the officer or provide him with a prescription for the drugs.

Mr Taylor is not a registered medical practitioner.

The court also heard police investigated the clinic after a pharmacist called them in 2013 with concerns over a hand written script.

The pharmacist, who asked not to be named, told Magistrate Johanna Metcalf the script from Dr Sze-Tho was for 30 vials of Sustanon 250, a drug commonly used by people with low levels of testosterone.

The script “rang alarm bells” because the doctor usually used computer-generated scripts, then when the pharmacist called the clinic listed on the document they informed her he had not worked there for 10 years.

Sze-Tho faces 240 charges including trafficking anabolic steroids and prescribing testosterone for other than medical treatment.

Taylor faces 72 charges including trafficking other anabolic steroids, importing prohibited goods and obtaining property by deception by purporting to be a licensed medical practitioner.

Matta is charged with 55 similar offences. Gorgievski also faces numerous charges.

Police allege all offences occurred between January 2012 and October 2013.

The hearing is expected to continue on Tuesday.