UPDATE: Paintsville Pain Clinic Owners Sentenced to Prison

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 8/1/14 .
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WSAZ) – The owners of a Johnson county pain clinic, who admitted to conspiring with doctors to illegally dispense more than 50,000 prescription pills, were sentenced to federal prison Friday.

Tammy Cantrell, 41, of Oil Springs, Ky., was sentenced to 108 months, while Shelby Lackey, 52, of Williamsport, Ky. was sentenced to 97 months.

Cantrell, Lackey and one of their co-defendants also forfeited $1,128,206 in proceeds from the conspiracy.

At the time of their guilty pleas in April 2013, the two owned and operated Care More Pain Management in Paintsville, Ky.

Prosecutors say from 2008 until approximately February 2012, the two conspired with two doctors to dispense Oxycodone without a legitimate medical purpose.

Court records show the doctors performed little or no physical examination before writing prescriptions that were usually for 90 Percocet pills.

Patients paid $200 for the initial visit and $185 for subsequent visits; all fees were paid in cash.

One of the doctors has admitted that he saw between 40 and 50 patients in one day. In many instances, the doctors wrote prescriptions without seeing patients or signed blank prescriptions for office assistants to give to patients.

Prosecutors say Cantrell and Lackey paid the doctors as much as $8,500 a week. The clinic did not accept insurance and the doctors made no referrals for physical rehabilitation. Neither Cantrell nor Lackey are medically certified and neither has any nursing experience.

In June 2013, Dr. Richard Albert was sentenced to 75 months in federal prison for his role in the conspiracy.

Another doctor, Rano Bofill, 72, pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge earlier this year and is awaiting sentencing.

ORIGINAL STORY 3/8/14 LEXINGTON, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A former Paintsville, Ky. doctor has admitted to his role in illegally distributing more than 25,000 prescription pills in eastern Kentucky.

Monday, Rano Bofill, 72, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to unlawfully dispense Oxycodone during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Lexington.

According to court documents, from January 2009 until December 2012, Bofill conspired with Tammy Cantrell and Shelby Lackey, the owners of Care More Pain Management, to distribute thousands of Oxycodone pills to patients without a legitimate medical purpose.

Bofill acknowledged that he wrote prescriptions for numerous patients after performing little to no examination and, in some instances, without actually ever seeing the patients.

Patients who visited the clinic paid $200 for the initial visit and $185 for subsequent visits; all fees were paid in cash.

Bofill says he saw approximately 25 patients per day and was paid between $5,000 and $6,000 per week

Bofill will be sentenced in July. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

Lackey and Cantrell pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy last year.

Another doctor at the clinic, Richard Albert, pleaded guilty in July 2012 to a conspiracy charge and was sentenced to 75 months in prison.

Albert, Cantrell and Lackey also collectively agreed to forfeit approximately $1.3 million in proceeds from the conspiracy.

The investigation into this case started when detectives with the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office received complaints from police that Care More was seeing a remarkably high volume of patients.

Court records say that patient lines at Care More stretched into the parking lot.

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