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Old 07-02-2007, 08:45 PM   #1
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Default Benoit DR charged: Slapped with a federal indictment

No state charged, but the federals charge


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DA: No State Charges in Benoit Case
Monday July 2, 11:27 am ET
By Harry R. Weber, Associated Press Writer

DA Says No State Charges in Chris Benoit Probe for Now, Fed Probe Ongoing

ATLANTA (AP) -- The state prosecutor in the Chris Benoit investigation said Monday he has no plans to file criminal charges in the case, but whether the federal government does is an open question.
"From our standpoint, I have no reason to believe there will be any criminal charges at the current time," Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard told The Associated Press. "What the federal government is going to do, it will be up to them."

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office declined to say Monday if any charges were planned.

Federal drug agents have taken over the probe into whether the pro wrestler's personal physician, Dr. Phil Astin, improperly prescribed testosterone and other drugs to Benoit before he killed his wife and son and committed suicide in his suburban Atlanta home last month. Ballard and sheriff's officials are overseeing the death investigation.

Astin's attorney, Manny Arora, said Monday there could be federal charges filed against Astin in connection with the drug probe.

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Chris Benoit's Doctor Will Face Federal Charge
Posted by Andy Steven on 07/02/2007 at 02:31 PM

Lawyer: Doctor will face federal charge in Benoit probe

The Associated Press - ATLANTA

The personal doctor of pro wrestler Chris Benoit turned himself in Monday to face a federal charge in connection with a federal drug probe, the doctor's attorney said.

Attorney Manny Arora said Dr. Phil Astin will face a single charge involving improperly prescribing medication.

Astin was expected to appear later in the day at a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda Walker. Often in the federal system charges are disclosed at the first court appearance.

Arora had said Astin would come to the federal courthouse on his own, and said he wanted his client to be at the courthouse in case charges were filed.

Federal drug agents have taken over the probe into whether Astin, improperly prescribed testosterone and other drugs to Benoit before he killed his wife and son and committed suicide in his suburban Atlanta home last month. State prosecutors and sheriff's officials are overseeing the death investigation.

Meanwhile, the state prosecutor in the Benoit investigation said Monday he currently has no plans to file criminal charges against anyone in the case.

"From our standpoint, I have no reason to believe there will be any criminal charges at the current time," Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard told the AP. "What the federal government is going to do, it will be up to them."

Investigators have conducted two raids at Astin's west Georgia office since last week. Among other things, investigators were looking for Benoit's medical records to see whether he had been prescribed steroids and, if so, whether that prescription was appropriate, according to a law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity because records in the case remain sealed.

Astin prescribed testosterone for Benoit, a longtime friend, in the past but has not said what, if any, medications he prescribed when Benoit visited his office June 22, the start of the weekend when the killings occurred.

"It would be our belief and understanding that the federal authorities were looking for patient files and the computers that the files may be contained in to determine if prescriptions were written improperly," Arora said.

Ballard said federal authorities already were involved in similar type investigations.

"Because the feds are involved, you don't have the venue issues that we would have if we were to do it," Ballard said of the drug probe.

Meanwhile, toxicology tests on Benoit's body have not yet been completed, Ballard said.

Anabolic steroids were found in Benoit's home, leading officials to wonder whether the drugs played a role in the killings, which took place two weekends ago. Some experts believe steroids can cause paranoia, depression and violent outbursts known as "roid rage."

"We're still asking questions and searching for answers with regard to the death so we can tie up loose ends," Ballard said. "It just seems irresponsible not to pursue any suggestion that we were incorrect about it being a murder-suicide. But all of the evidence up to now points to us being correct."

Ballard said finding a motive in the case remains elusive.

"I think it will always be undetermined as to 'Why?'" Ballard said. "I think it's because there can't be any satisfactory reason why you kill a 7-year-old."

Authorities have said Benoit strangled his wife and 7-year-old son, placing Bibles next to their bodies, before hanging himself on the cable of a weight-machine in his home.
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Default Re: Benoit DR charged: Slapped with a federal indictment

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Report: Benoit’s Dr. Charged On Prescribing Drugs
Posted by Andy Steven on 07/02/2007 at 07:08 PM

Today, the Associated Press released the following article regarding the federal indictment of Chris Benoit's personal physician Dr. Phil Astin:

Benoit's doctor charged with improperly prescribing drugs

The Associated Press - ATLANTA

Pro wrestler Chris Benoit's personal physician, who is faces federal charges improperly dispensing painkillers and other drugs to patients, prescribed a 10-month supply of anabolic steroids to Benoit every three-four weeks between May 2006 and May 2007, according to an affidavit made public Monday.

The Drug Enforcement Administration search warrant affidavit says that in a DEA investigation of a company called of RX Weight Loss, Benoit was identified as an excessive purchaser of injectable steroids, a controlled substance.

The affidavit also said Dr. Phil Astin was identified as the supplier of various controlled substances, including injectable anabolic steroids that were found in Benoit's home.

A seven-count indictment, unveiled Monday, said Astin dispensed drugs including Percocet, Xanax, Lorcet and Vicoprofen between April 2004 and September 2005.

The recipients were identified in the indictment by the initials O.G. and M.J. Benoit's initials were not listed.

A separate criminal complaint said Astin had written prescriptions for about 1 million doses of various controlled substances over the past two years, including "significant quantities of injectable testosterone cypionate, an anabolic steroid."

The criminal complaint by DEA Agent Anissa Jones said, "In my training and experience, this is an excessive amount of prescriptions for a sole practitioner medical office in a rural location such as Carrollton."

Astin was expected to make an initial court appearance Monday afternoon.

Federal drug agents have taken over the probe into whether Astin improperly prescribed testosterone and other drugs to Benoit before the wrestler killed his wife and son and committed suicide in his suburban Atlanta home last month. State prosecutors and sheriff's officials are overseeing the death investigation.

Federal prosecutors are seeking the forfeiture of all property and proceeds Astin obtained through the illegal conduct if he's convicted.

Investigators have conducted two raids at Astin's west Georgia office since last week.

Astin prescribed testosterone for Benoit, a longtime friend, in the past but has not said what, if any, medications he prescribed when Benoit visited his office June 22, the day authorities believe Benoit killed his wife.

Toxicology tests on Benoit's body have not yet been completed, Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard said.

Anabolic steroids were found in Benoit's home, leading officials to wonder whether the drugs played a role in the killings. Some experts believe steroids can cause paranoia, depression and violent outbursts known as "roid rage."

"We're still asking questions and searching for answers with regard to the death so we can tie up loose ends," Ballard said.

Ballard said finding a motive in the case remains elusive.

"I think it will always be undetermined as to 'Why?'" Ballard said. "I think it's because there can't be any satisfactory reason why you kill a 7-year-old."

Authorities have said Benoit strangled his wife and son, placing Bibles next to their bodies, before hanging himself on the cable of a weight-machine in his home.

Benoit's father, Michael, said Monday that "it's impossible to come up with a rational explanation for a very irrational act."

"That's my feeling. Let the cards fall where they fall, we have no control over it at this point," he said. "It's just impossible to come up with a rational explanation for what happened."

U.S. Attorney David E. Nahmias said the investigation was ongoing and that more charges were possible.

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DEA Issue PR On Dr. Astin's Drug Distribution
Posted by Andy Steven on 07/02/2007 at 07:55 PM

The Drug Enforcement Agency issued the following press release:

Doctor Charged with Illegal Drug Distribution
Dr. Astin Allegedly Provided Over A Million Doses of Prescription
Drugs and Steroids in Two Year Period

JUL 2 -- ATLANTA--Dr. Phillippe C. Astin, III, 52, of Carrollton, Georgia, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for illegal distribution of prescription drugs, including Percocet, Adderall, Lorcet, and Xanax, outside the usual scope of medical practice and not for legitimate medical purposes. Astin was charged today in a seven-count criminal indictment and made his initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda T. Walker. Astin was initially charged in a federal criminal complaint issued last Friday, after DEA agents and officers from the Fayette and Carroll County Sheriff's Offices executed search warrants at his medical office last week.

David E. Nahmias, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, said, "Prescription drugs are controlled substances because if they are abused, they can cause serious addiction, illness, or even death. Dr. Astin allegedly prescribed such drugs like candy, with little regard for appropriate medical practice or the recipients' health. Dirty doctors should be on notice that they face federal prosecution and prison time as we work with the DEA and other law enforcement partners to protect the health and safety of our communities."

“Addressing the problem of the diversion and abuse of controlled pharmaceuticals is a top priority for DEA,” said Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division. “I would like to add that the purchase of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs over the internet continues to be a major issue. An internet search of steroids and pharmaceutical products over the internet both yield over 2 million hits. The diversion of these drugs through doctor shopping, improper prescribing and rogue internet pharmacies continues to be a major concern. We want to make it clear that through our investigative techniques, those held responsible for the distribution of such products will ultimately be brought to justice.”

According to Nahmias, documents and information presented in court: The indictment charges that Astin prescribed several prescription drugs, which are controlled substances, including Percocet (oxycodone), Adderall (amphetamine), Lorcet (hydrocodone), and Xanax (alprazolam), to two patients who are not identified by name. For one patient, the prescriptions began in April of 2004 and continued for more than a year. The indictment identifies seven dates on which the prescriptions were issued to the two patients. According to the indictment, these patients received multiple prescriptions for the drugs, all on the same date, even though some of the prescriptions were undated. Federal law requires medical practitioners to sign and date each prescription for controlled substances on the date that it is issued.

According to Nahmias, although the indictment identifies prescriptions written on only seven dates to two patients, the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible after agents and prosecutors review the evidence, including voluminous documents obtained in the searches. The indictment also seeks forfeiture of all proceeds from and property used to commit or facilitate the alleged crimes.

Last Wednesday and Friday, DEA and local law enforcement officers searched Dr. Astin's medical office, located at 702 Dixie Street, Carrollton, Georgia. Agents also searched Astin's mother's residence, located at 532 Cedar Street, Carrollton, Georgia. Dr. Phil Astin III is registered with the DEA under the provisions of the Controlled Substance Act, to handle and prescribe schedule II through V controlled substances. Dr. Astin is registered at his office address.

On June 25, 2007, local authorities discovered the deceased body of one of Astin’s patients, Chris Benoit, at Benoit’s home located in Fayetteville, Georgia. The deceased bodies of Benoit’s wife and child were also found at the home. DEA Diversion indices, as well as evidence found at the crime scene by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, identified Dr. Astin as the supplier of various pharmaceutical controlled substances, including injectable anabolic steroids, found in Mr. Benoit’s residence. Through prescription records for Mr. Benoit maintained at a pharmacy in Fayetteville, Georgia, Dr. Astin was identified as prescribing, on average, a 10-month supply of anabolic steroids to Mr. Benoit every three to four weeks from May 4, 2006 through May 9, 2007.

While executing a state search warrant at Dr. Astin’s medical office on June 27, 2007, agents and officers seized copies of prescriptions written by Dr. Astin for Testosterone, Xanax, Adderall, Concerta, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, and Soma, which were consistent, in terms of quantities, dosages, and frequencies of the prescriptions, with illegal prescription drug abuse. Multiple undated copies of prescriptions for controlled substances were also found in various medical records.

A preliminary review of Dr. Astin’s prescription writing activity showed that he authorized approximately one million dosage units of various pharmaceutical controlled substances in the last two years. The prescriptions also included significant quantities of injectable Testosterone cypionate, an anabolic steroid.

This case is being investigated by Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Fayette County Sheriff Department’s Drug Suppression Task Force, with the assistance of the West Georgia Drug Task Force, and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department. Assistance has also been provided by the office of Scott L. Ballard, District Attorney, Griffin Judicial Circuit, and the office of Pete Skandalakis, District Attorney, Coweta Judicial Circuit.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys John Horn and Carol Kayser.
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Default Re: Benoit DR charged: Slapped with a federal indictment

Great! It's time to blame everyone but Benoit. Guess their looking for someone that they can still hammer at since Benoit is dead.

I really don't think steroids was the problem, I think the guy was just a mental case.
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Benoit's Drug Usage, More 'Weird' Notes Inside
07/05/2007 by Ryan Clark


Reports are suggesting that people noticed Chris Benoit become a different person after Eddie Guerrero passed away. His wife Nancy was telling her friends that Chris Benoit’s drug usage escalated badly after Eddie Guerrero died.

After the death of neighbor Mike Durham (Johnny Grudge) and Victor “Black Cat” Mar, Chris Benoit became worse. Benoit was considered to be Victor Mar’s best friend during his time in Japan and Benoit refused to attend Durham’s funeral, saying he never wanted to return to church and hated religion.

A WWE source said Nancy was a described as a basket case on Thursday, which was a day before reports suggest Benoit killed her. Nancy was upset over the recent passing of her friend, Sherri Martel.

Shane Helms also said that Chris Benoit called him on Thursday to check up on how he is keeping as Helms is recovering from a neck surgery.

http://www.wrestlezone.com/article.p...leid=185662146
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