Oklahoma City sex clinic operated illegally, prosecutors say

Prosecutors have filed a felony charge against The Oklahoma Male Clinic Inc., alleging the company dispensed misbranded prescription drugs “with intent to defraud or mislead.” Two men allegedly involved in the company were charged with a misdemeanor.
by Nolan Clay Published: August 31, 2012
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The OK Male Clinic guaranteed customers they could take back their sex lives.

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

Federal prosecutors say the north Oklahoma City clinic was operating illegally — dispensing misbranded drugs without valid prescriptions “with intent to defraud or mislead.”

The clinic collected $786,832 in sales in the almost five months it was in operation, according to court records.

The company, The Oklahoma Male Clinic Inc., was charged Wednesday in Oklahoma City federal court with a felony. The company could be fined $500,000 if found guilty of dispensing misbranded drugs.

Two men allegedly involved with the company were charged with a misdemeanor. They were identified as Michael Schlueter, 53, and Thomas Variola, 53. Prosecutors said they live outside of Oklahoma.

Schlueter has lived in recent years in Florida, records there show.

The maximum penalty for the misdemeanor misbranded drugs offense is a year in prison and a $1,000 fine. Their attorney, Susanna M. Gattoni, of Oklahoma City, declined to comment.

Company closed

In a related civil action, the federal government on Thursday asked a judge to allow it to take $165,281 of the company's income.

A special agent with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported that money is subject to seizure and forfeiture because it could be traced as coming from unlawful, fraudulent activity.

The company opened on Oct. 1 and shut down after a federal raid Feb. 22.

“It purports to be a medical clinic specializing in male sexual dysfunctions,” FDA Special Agent Lee Roediger reported.

The agent, who questioned clinic employees, reported that a typical customer had a severe dysfunction that could not be treated by well-known drugs such as Viagra.

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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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