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Grand jury likely getting names in plea bargain

SAN FRANCISCO -- The former New York Mets clubhouse worker
who admitted selling performance-enhancing drugs to major league
players testified last week before a federal grand jury
investigating steroids, court records made available Monday showed.

Federal prosecutors charged Kirk Radomski on April 12 but asked
a federal judge to seal the case until Radomski testified before
the same grand jury investigating San Francisco Giant slugger Barry
Bonds for perjury.

"The government intends to call the defendant before the grand
jury on April 26, 2007," prosecutors wrote, requesting to seal
Radomski's court file. "If the information is publicly available
prior to April 26, 2007, the ongoing investigation could be
jeopardized by efforts to intimidate or otherwise influence the
defendant."

Radomski's attorney, John Riley of Hauppauge, N.Y., declined to
discuss his client's testimony. A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney
Scott Schools also declined comment.

The court records were unsealed after Radomski, 37, pleaded
guilty last Friday to felony charges of distributing steroids and
laundering money.

The 37-year-old admitted providing steroids, human growth
hormone, amphetamines and other drugs to "dozens of current and
former Major League Baseball players and associates," Schools said
in a statement.

According to court documents, Radomski became a major source of
drugs for baseball players after federal investigators shut down
the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative in Burlingame in 2003.

Under the plea deal, Radomski agreed to cooperate with the
ongoing federal investigation, as well as baseball's inquiry led by
former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell. Radomski faces up to
25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine at his sentencing, scheduled
for Sept. 7.

In a 2005 court filing asking a judge to approve a warrant to
search Radomski's house, investigators said a San Jose-based
informant who claimed to have a MLB connection made five steroid
buys from Radomski. Investigators also recorded numerous telephone
calls between the informant and Radomski discussing steroids and
baseball players.

Verizon phone records of Radomski's mobile phone, according to
the search warrant affidavit, show "some numbers belonging to
current and former MLB players have been already identified." The
affidavit also said investigators found 23 deposits of checks
written by "MLB associated individuals" into Radomski's bank
account between May 2003 to March 2005 for $33,935 combined. The
names were blacked out on the publicly available documents.

The BALCO raids launched an investigation that has netted guilty
pleas from BALCO founder Victor Conte and Bonds' personal trainer,
Greg Anderson, among others. It also has put suspicion on Bonds,
who told a 2003 federal grand jury he never knowingly used
performance-enhancing drugs.

Anderson is in prison for contempt of court because he has
refused to testify in the Bonds' perjury probe. Anderson won't be
free until he agrees to testify, a judge orders his release or the
term of the investigating grand jury expires.

Additionally, track coach Trevor Graham and bicyclist Tammy
Thomas have been indicted on obstruction and perjury charges for
allegedly misleading investigators about their involvement with
performance enhancing drugs.

Graham and Thomas have each pleaded not guilty.

On Monday, government prosecutors and Thomas' attorney Tony
Tamburello jointly filed a request with a judge to reschedule the
athlete's scheduled court appearance to May 25. Both sides said
they are negotiating a plea deal and will agree to settle the case
or go to trial by then.

Tamburello couldn't be reached for comment late Monday.