Ohio Pain Clinic Owners Among Those Charged For Running
AUG 03 -- CINCINNATI – Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Robert L. Corso, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced today that a federal grand jury has indicted six Ohio residents, including a physician, related to fraudulently operating Ohio Medical and Pain Management, LLC, a pain management clinic in Waverly, Ohio.
“This indictment underscores DEA’s commitment to bring to justice those who would betray their promise to provide legitimate medical care to the community,” Corso said. “The indictment alleges that the defendants in this case benefited financially on the backs of other’s misery. When DEA uncovers evidence of this type of illegal diversion of legitimate pharmaceuticals by health care professionals, we will treat them in the same manner as any other street dealer peddling cocaine or heroin.”
The 29-count indictment alleges that one or more of the defendants committed fraud, money laundering, drug trafficking, and operated a continuing criminal enterprise. Operating a continuing criminal enterprise is punishable by up to life imprisonment. The Indictment was unsealed today after the defendants appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy Hogan in Cincinnati, OH. Charged in the indictment are:
* Nancy Sadler, 47, of West Portsmouth, Ohio and owner of the clinic. Nancy Sadler is named in all 29 counts.
* Lester Sadler, aka “Ape”, 55, of West Portsmouth and the husband of Nancy Sadler. He is named in 27 counts.
* Lisa Clevenger, 48, of Stoutsville, a sister of Nancy Sadler. Clevenger is charged with one count of conspiracy and one count of illegally maintaining a place to distribute a controlled substance.
* James Sadler, 80, of West Portsmouth, father of Lester Sadler. He is charged with one count of conspiracy and 24 counts of illegally distributing controlled substances.
* Brenda Banks, 57, of Columbus, Ohio, formerly a physician at the clinic. Banks is charged with one count of conspiracy, one count of illegally maintaining a place to distribute a controlled substance and one count of operating a continuing criminal enterprise.
* Sandy Wells, 52, of South Shore, Kentucky. A clinic employee, she is charged with one count of conspiracy.
DEA Special Agents, deputies from the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, and the Kentucky State Police arrested five of the defendants at their residences before dawn this morning. The arrests occurred without incident. Ms. Clevenger is still at large.
The indictment further alleges that the c linic was owned and operated by Nancy and Lester Sadler and Clevenger. The clinic operated as a “pill mill” by selling prescriptions for controlled substances (usually oxycodone), without a legitimate medical need for the prescriptions. Many of the prescriptions were openly sold and diverted. Blank prescriptions forms were sold so the buyer could use or resell the prescriptions. The defendants also allegedly used Banks’ DEA registration number and fake names to order large quantities of controlled substances, primarily hydrocodone. The indictment alleges that most of the ordered pills were then diverted by the defendants to their own use, the use of employees of the clinic, or for resale to drug dealers.
Stewart commended the agencies that are participating in the ongoing investigation including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy, Waverly Police Department, Pike and Scioto county sheriffs’ offices in Ohio, Portsmouth Police Department, the Lewis and Greenup county sheriff’s offices in Kentucky the Russell, Kentucky Police Department, the Kentucky Department of Public Health, Drug Control and Professional Practices, and the Kentucky State Police. Stewart also commended Cincinnati-based Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tim Mangan and Tim Oakley, who are prosecuting the case.
An indictment is merely an accusation. All defendants should be presumed innocent unless convicted in court.
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