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Closed Oklahoma City male dysfunction clinic's owners put on probation, fined

Michael Schlueter, president of The Oklahoma Male Clinic Inc., and Thomas Variola, vice president, each were fined $1,000 and put on probation for two years after pleading guilty to dispersing misbranded prescription drugs.
by Nolan Clay Published: April 9, 2013

Owners of an Oklahoma City clinic that promised customers could take back their sex lives have been put on probation for two years.

Michael Schlueter, president of The Oklahoma Male Clinic Inc., and Thomas Variola, vice president, also were fined $1,000 each.

Both pleaded guilty last year to a misdemeanor involving dispersing misbranded prescription drugs. U.S. District Judge David Russell sentenced them in March.

“One appointment will change your life forever,” The OK Male Clinic boasted on its website. “Bring Back the Romance For Good. Visit Our Clinic Today!”

The clinic was shut down after federal agents raided it in February 2012. It had been in operation about five months. Federal authorities reported the company purported to specialize in male sexual dysfunctions but operated illegally.

The company forfeited all of its remaining assets — $165,281 — to the federal government. It also pleaded guilty to a felony. “Employees misbranded drugs with the intent to defraud or mislead,” the company stated in its plea paperwork.

Schlueter, 53, lives in Florida. His attorney told the judge in a sentencing memo, “As a result of this action, he is unemployed as all of his clinics were shut down at the request of the government.”

Variola, 54, lives in Illinois and also is unemployed, the attorney said.

A typical customer at The OK Male Clinic had a severe dysfunction that could not be treated by well-known drugs such as Viagra, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration agent reported last year.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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