In­di­anapo­lis physi­cian tied to Ponzi schemer

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Nicki Jhab­vala Nicki Jhab­vala: njhab­vala@den­ver­post.com or @ Nick­iJhab­vala

Dale Guyer, the doc­tor and founder of the anti- ag­ing clinic al­leged in an al­Jazeera re­port to have sup­plied Pey­ton Man­ning’s wife with hu­man growth hor­mone, was a de­fen­dant in a law­suit with jailed Ponzi schemer Ti­mothy Durham, court records show.

Durham, a for­mer businessman and at­tor­ney out of In­di­ana, is serv­ing a 50- year prison sen­tence for us­ing the Fair Fi­nance Com­pany in Ohio to bilk more than $ 200 mil­lion out of more than 5,000 in­vestors. Durham was con­victed in 2012 of se­cu­ri­ties and wire fraud, and con­spir­acy.

Guyer, an In­di­anapo­lis physi­cian who treated Man­ning in 2011 af­ter the quar­ter­back’s four neck surg­eries, was a “good friend” of Durham’s af­ter meet­ing him in 2000, ac­cord­ing to a 2014 fed­eral com­plaint filed by Brian Bash, a court- ap­pointed Chap­ter 7 trus­tee for Fair Fi­nance.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint, Durham lent Guyer “hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars” for Guyer’s busi­nesses, Ad­vance Med­i­cal Cen­ter P. C. and Five Star Ac­qui­si­tions LLC, from 2003 to 2008. The money, trans­ferred di­rectly from Durham and from busi­nesses Durham con­trolled, was to help Guyer pay for med­i­cal equip­ment, fund a line of credit, pay off loans and for Guyer’s per­sonal use.

Per the court doc­u­ments, Guyer said “Durham would from time to time re­view the books of Ad­vanced Med­i­cal in or­der to de­ter­mine whether the com­pany needed money, ar­range for a ‘ cash in­fu­sion to the prac­tice,’ tell Dale Guyer that Ad­vanced Med­i­cal could pay the money back at a later date, ‘ and then money would ap­pear.’ ”

Guyer paid off only a small por­tion of the debt de­spite “re­peated” but “un­suc­cess­ful” ef­forts by Bash to col­lect pay­ment. Aset­tle­ment agree­ment was reached last Jan­uary that re­quires Guyer and his co- de­fen­dants to pay $ 35,000 over 18 months.

Guyer’s con­nec­tion to HGH ex­tends fur­ther. He was a named in a 2007 fed­eral in­dict­ment for al­legedly re­ceiv­ing Chi­nese HGH from a com­pany in Colorado. And Bob Kravitz, a sports colum­nist for WTHR in In­di­anapo­lis who was for­merly with The In­di­anapo­lis Star and now-de­funct Rocky Moun­tain News, among other pub­li­ca­tions, said he was treated and pre­scribed HGH by Guyer.

Kravitz, as he first de­tailed in a col­umn for WTHR, saw Guyer more than a decade ago for help with his de­bil­i­tat­ing fatigue. Af­ter un­der­go­ing ex­ten­sive test­ing at Guyer’s clinic, Kravitz said he was pre­scribed HGH. Kravitz, while aware the drug was banned in sports, did not know HGH could be pre­scribed legally for only a lim­ited num­ber of se­ri­ous con­di­tions. HGH has been ap­proved for treat­ing Turner’s syn­drome, Prader- Willi syn­drome, growth is­sues in chil­dren, kid­ney in­suf­fi­ciency, mus­cle wast­ing as­so­ci­ated with HIV/ AIDs and short bowel syn­drome.

“At one point ( Guyer) said, ‘ I think HGH could help you,” Kravitz told The Den­ver Post. “I said, ‘ OK, at this point, if you tellme to stand on my head for 16 hours a day and drink yak juice— if that’s go­ing to help me, I’ll do it.’ It never even crossed my mind that pre­scrib­ing HGH might not be com­pletely med­i­cally proper. I never thought, ‘ Oh, God, he’s pre­scrib­ing me some­thing il­le­gal.’ That never even crossed my mind.”

Kravitz said that be­fore hewas pre­scribed HGH by Guyer, he tried holis­tic treat­ment that Man­ning said he re­ceived at the clinic.

Kravitz re­called tak­ing the hor­mone for “maybe a month,” but found it cost a lot more than it helped, es­pe­cially be­cause Guyer does not ac­cept in­sur­ance.

Kravitz’s ex­pe­ri­ence with HGH, cou­pled with his years of cov­er­ing sports, helped to frame his re­ac­tion to the al- Jazeera re­port.

“I think when you’ve been in this busi­ness for a long time, over 30 years, you grow a lit­tle bit cyn­i­cal when it comes to the whole PED is­sue and you just can’t dis­miss it out of hand. You’ve got to say, well, let’s get some more in­for­ma­tion,” Kravitz said. “I doubt Pey­ton would do any­thing of that sort. I hope none of this is true. I really have a great deal of ad­mi­ra­tion for Pey­ton and all that he does on and off the field. I hope it’s not true, I don’t think it’s true, but I don’t want to close the door.”

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