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Former Steelers team doctor indicted on steroid charges
Cleveland FBI handled investigation of prominent Pittsburgh physician
by WKSU's GRANT ENGLE

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Grant Engle
 
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A former team doctor for the Pittsburgh Steelers has been accused of writing phony prescriptions for anabolic steroids, human growth hormones and other drugs from 2007 to 2011.

Dr. Richard Rydze, of Pittsburgh, was arrested by the Cleveland FBI Friday after a nearly four-year investigation.

The 185-count indictment included charges of health care fraud and the unlawful distribution of steroids and painkillers.

Mike Tobin is a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office. He says the Cleveland office stepped in because of Rydze's status in the Pittsburgh area.

Mike Tobin explains why the Cleveland FBI was involved in the case

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“He’s a prominent guy who is known throughout Pittsburgh and knew people at the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office there. So, out of an abundance of caution, the decision was made that they would be recused, and we would do the case.” 

Rydze worked with the Steelers for 22 years, but he left the team abruptly in 2007 after he was investigated for purchasing narcotics from an Orlando pharmacy.

Rydze is scheduled to appear in front of a federal magistrate in Pittsburgh Friday afternoon to set his bond and allow him to enter a plea.

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