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Canadian doctor charged with providing pro football player with HGH [Updated]

May 18, 2010 |  2:00 pm

Galea_300 Dr. Anthony Galea of Toronto has been charged by U.S. authorities with unlawfully providing human growth hormone to a former professional football player, the Associated Press is reporting.

A federal criminal complaint was filed Tuesday in Buffalo, charging Galea with conspiring to lie to federal officials, smuggling, unlawful distribution of HGH, introducing the unapproved drug actovegin into interstate commerce and conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Galea's lawyer was in court and not immediately available to comment.

-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

[For the record, 1:48 p.m.: The headline and text of this post previously said Galea had been charged with treating professional football players with unapproved drugs. He's been charged with treating one former player with human growth hormone after his playing days were over. Also, the text previously said his charges included lying to federal officials, rather the charge is conspiring to lie.]

Photo: In this Dec. 16, 1999, file photo, Dr. Anthony Galea treats a patient with shock wave therapy at the Institute of Sports Medicine in Toronto. Credit: Rick Eglinton / Associated Press / The Canadian Press / The Toronto Star.