How a Career Con Man Led a Federal Sting That Cost Google $500 Million Whitaker began by explaining his business-how he started out selling HGH and steroids but eventually sent customers vegetable oil and protein powder instead. He also said that the Google employees he worked with knew that he was in Mexico, selling mainly to Americans in the US-and that they knew his business was illegal. Further, he stated, they helped him tailor his advertising to increase the number of clicks it received.