Reports from the AP and others tonight say that the federal government is targeting Barry Bonds's trainer Greg Anderson's family for investigation. Anderson and Bonds are intimately involved in the BALCO affiliated investigations of witnesses who the Gov't labels as perjurers. Anderson is considered a key wtiness to the Bonds trial; the personal trainer can probably seal Bonds's fate. Leverage could be applied for ANderson to spill the beans on his former BFF if charges mount up on his family.
Federal prosecutors are considering charging the wife and mother-in-law of Barry Bonds' personal trainer in an effort to pressure Greg Anderson to testify against the slugger during his perjury trial, The New York Times reported.
A lawyer representing Anderson's wife, Nicole Gestas, and others familiar with the matter told the newspaper that prosecutors are considering charging her and her mother, Madeleine Gestas, with tax-related crimes.
"There are violations that both Nicole and Madeleine are worried about," Nicole Gestas's attorney, Charles J. Smith of Redwood City, Calif., told the Times.
"They are matters that I don't believe would rise to the level they would prosecute under the current standards of the U.S. Attorney's office. But in this circumstance, perhaps they'll ignore their own standards to prosecute Madeleine or her daughter to get what they want."
We documented many times how Anderson spent a good part of his life rotting in jail as he steadfastly refused to answer questions about Barry Bonds. This brings speculation that Bonds 'will take care' of Anderson (very doubtful); Bonds doesn't seem to take care of anyone but Bonds.
Anderson also spent more than a year in prison after refusing to testify before a federal grand jury investigating Bonds for perjury. Prosecutors told a judge that Anderson's testimony about Bonds' alleged drug use was vital to their perjury case and asked that he be jailed to coerce him to talk.
Anderson could be sent back to prison if he resists a government order to testify.
Gestas is listed as personal trainer as the Powerhouse Gym:
NICOLE GESTAS: Nicole specializes in body sculpting, weight management and nutrition. Certified by the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), she is committed to teaching healthy hab its and designing routines to end client's struggles with fitness and body fat. Her clients come in with fitness needs and walk out with fitness results.
Sounds like the Feds are aggressively pursuing all angles on the Bonds investigation. Perhaps a little too aggressively? Or maybe they object to the 'body sculpting'?