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Scruggs, named by Mitchell, pleads guilty

Scruggs, named by Mitchell, pleads guilty

Ramon Scruggs, who was named in the Mitchell Report as having prescribed steroids and human growth hormone to Major League players, pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges on Monday.

The New York Daily News reported that Scruggs, who is based in California, appeared at a U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., "to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids and human growth hormone and one count of money laundering." Scruggs is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 14.

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Scruggs, who owned the New Hope Health Center in Costa Mesa, Calif., had patients such as current Arizona D-backs pitcher Scott Schoeneweis and St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Troy Glaus.

According to the Daily News, two of Scruggs' former employees, Allen Danto and Heidi McPherson, also were indicted. Danto pleaded guilty earlier this month to conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids and HGH, and McPherson pleaded not guilty.

Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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