Friday, August 17, 2012

Drug Indictments In Eastern Kentucky

By late Thursday afternoon, five indictments were unsealed charging 22 defendants, including five pain clinic owners and six doctors, with offenses related to prescription drugs, money laundering and health care fraud. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, nine indictments allege Houston, Texas doctor 46 year old Linda J. Roos conspired to unlawfully distribute pills to Pike County residents, prescribing more than 125,000 Oxycodone pills from September 2006 until July 2011. She allegedly faxed many of her prescriptions to Marrowbone Clinic Pharmacy and Marrowbone Hometown Pharmacy, and Roos often allowed patients to obtain a prescription by faxing her a form. The indictment says James Ronald Huffman was a pharmacist at Marrowbone Clinic Pharmacy until the owner found discrepancies, at which time Huffman opened the nearby Marrowbone Hometown Pharmacy. The indictment notes that audits by the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy found huge shortages of controlled substances at both pharmacies during Huffman’s tenure. Huffman was found dead in his bed inside a room at the Best Western Motel in Chapmanville, West Virginia around 11:00 A.M. Thursday. His body was sent to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. In another indictment, a Pikeville pharmacy manager, 58 year old Beverly Lockhart, allegedly conspired with Pikeville doctor Thad Manning, 46, to illegally sell prescription drug samples. Another indictment alleges Tammy Cantrell, 39, and Shelby Lackey, 50, co-owners of Caremore pain clinic in Johnson County, conspired with a doctor to distribute Hydrocodone to Johnson County residents, netting nearly $2 million in drug proceeds. Another indictment alleges Ray Douglas Stapleton, 34, and his wife Tina Marie Stapleton, 33, the co-owners of Auto Accident and Health Care in Auxier, conspired with two doctors in a scheme to unlawfully dispense Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Xanax to Johnson County residents and made approximately $1.5 million from July 2010 through June 2012. In another indictment, Jody Robinson, 37, a pain clinic owner in Florida, conspired with a doctor to launder money and illegally dispense prescription drugs to patients from Boyd, Greenup, and Lawrence Counties. The clinic allegedly made approximately $2 million in just over a year.