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NEW INFO: Former Wheelersburg "Pill Mill" Doctor Commits Suicide

By: WSAZ News Staff, The Associated Press Email
By: WSAZ News Staff, The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 11/8/12
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Autopsy results show that a doctor who died weeks before his trial on charges of participating in what authorities alleged was a notorious pill mill in southern Ohio committed suicide by a drug overdose.

The report obtained by The Associated Press indicates that Dr. Victor Georgescu died Aug. 4 from a toxic combination of vodka and sleeping pills.

Greater Medical Advance was the last pain clinic in Scioto County before it was shut down last year.

George Adkins, its owner and Georgescu's employer, is serving a 10-year prison term for illegal drug distribution following his conviction in September.

Georgescu was scheduled for a trial on charges of engaging in corrupt activity, conspiracy to engage in corrupt activity, funding drug trafficking and permitting drug abuse.



UPDATE 9/7/12 @ 5:30 p.m.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The owner of a former “pill mill” in Wheelersburg, Ohio has been ordered to serve 10 years behind bars following his plea deal last month.

69-year-old George Marshall Adkins learned his sentence Friday afternoon during a hearing in Scioto County Common Pleas Court. Last month, Adkins pleaded guilty to five counts of the original 48 count indictment against him.

Those counts were engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, conspiracy to engage in a pattern of corrupt activity, permitting drug abuse/major offender, aggravated trafficking in drugs, and forgery.

Prosecutors recommended a 10 year prison term for Adkins, which he received during Friday’s hearing.

Adkins, of West Portsmouth, owned Greater Medical Advance in Wheelersburg. Authorities found that he operated the business as a pill mill from June 2009 until December 2011, when authorities raided and shut down the clinic.

Investigators say that Dr. Victor Georgescu, of Centerville, Ohio, operated the clinic for Adkins. He was arrested following the raid and faced similar charges.

Georgescu was found dead last month in a motel room in Trumbill County, Ohio. His case never made it to trial.

Two other people were also charged. Tammy Newman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to engage in a pattern of corrupt activity, and Melissa Veach was expected to enter a plea in a hearing later Friday afternoon. She was arrested on drug trafficking charges. That hearing was postponed till December.



UPDATE 9/7/12 @ 5:30 p.m.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The owner of a former “pill mill” in Wheelersburg, Ohio has pleaded guilty to five felony counts involving drug trafficking, corrupt activity and forgery.

69-year-old George Marshall Adkins agreed to the plea deal Friday afternoon during a hearing in Scioto County Common Pleas Court.

Adkins, of West Portsmouth, owned Greater Medical Advance in Wheelersburg. Authorities found that he operated the business as a pill mill from June 2009 until December 2011, when authorities raided and shut down the clinic.

Prosecutors recommended a 10 year prison term for Adkins. He is set to be sentenced next month.

Adkins was originally indicted on 27 counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, 9 counts of trafficking in drugs, 7 counts of forgery and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Investigators say that Dr. Victor Georgescu, of Centerville, Ohio, operated the clinic for Adkins. He was arrested following the raid and faced similar charges.

Georgescu was found dead last month in a motel room in Trumbill County, Ohio. He never made it to trial.

Two other people were also charged. Tammy Newman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to engage in a pattern of corrupt activity, and Melissa Veach is awaiting trial on drug trafficking charges.

Adkins' plea represents one of the first convictions on the state level against a non-prescriber for the management and activities connected to a pill mill.

"Anyone found improperly using, selling, or prescribing prescription drugs in Scioto County will be prosecuted to the fullest extent," said Scioto County Prosecutor Kuhn. "We will not stand by and let this prescription drug epidemic continue in the Portsmouth area."



UPDATE 8/6/12 @ 3 p.m.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The doctor who operated what authorities say was the last pill mill in the Portsmouth area has died.

The Trumbill, Ohio County Coroner tells WSAZ.com that 51-year-old Victor Georgescu, of Centerville, Ohio was found dead in a motel room in Liberty Township Saturday morning.

He says a maid found the body. The Coroner says Dr. Georgescu checked into the motel on Friday.

Georgescu operated Greater Medical Advance in Wheelersburg before it was raided on December 20. He worked for 69-year-old George Marshall Adkins who owned the clinic.

The coroner has not released a cause of death, but tells WSAZ.com that a large amount of drugs including narcotics was found in the room. He adds that it being investigated as a drug related death.

In May, a Scioto County Grand Jury indicted Dr. Georgescu on 24 counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and 10 counts of trafficking in drugs. He was out of jail on bond.

His trial on the charges had been set for September 17.

Adkins, of West Portsmouth, was indicted on 27 counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, 9 counts of trafficking in drugs, 7 counts of forgery and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. His case is still pending.

Investigators say 14,000 prescriptions for narcotics came out of Greater Medical Advance in nine months. The clinic was only open 36 hours a week and had only one doctor.



UPDATE 5/23/12 @ 10:15 a.m.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The former owner of a Wheelersburg pain clinic and the doctor who operated it were in court Wednesday, being arraigned on numerous drug charges.

51-year-old Victor Georgescu and 69-year-old George Marshall Adkins were indicted by a Scioto County Grand Jury last week.

These charges are connected to the December 20 raid at Greater Medical Advance in Wheelersburg.

A day before the raid the men were indicted on charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, conspiracy to engage in corrupt activity, funding drug trafficking and permitting drug abuse. Both men face June trial dates on those charges.

In last week’s indictment, Dr. Georgescu was charged with 24 counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and 10 counts of trafficking in drugs.

Adkins, of West Portsmouth, was indicted on 27 counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, 9 counts of trafficking in drugs, 7 counts of forgery and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

During the hearing Wednesday, Geogrescu’s bond on the additional charges was set at $150,000. Adkins' bond was set at $1,000,000.

Dr. Georgescu is expected back in court Wednesday afternoon for a pre-trial hearing on the original indictment.

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UPDATE 5/18/12 @ 11:01 a.m.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The former owner of a Wheelersburg pain clinic and the doctor who operated the clinic now face additional charges following new indictments by a Scioto County Grand Jury.

Authorities raided Greater Medical Advance on Ohio River Road in Wheelersburg on December 20.

The raid took place a day after a Scioto County Grand Jury indicted 51-year-old Victor Georgescu and 69-year-old George Marshall Adkins on charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, conspiracy to engage in corrupt activity, funding drug trafficking and permitting drug abuse.

Friday, the Scioto County Prosecutor announced that a grand jury met earlier this month and indicted Dr. Georgescu, of Mercer, Pa., on 24 counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, and 10 counts of trafficking in drugs.

Adkins, of West Portsmouth, was indicted on 27 counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, 9 counts of trafficking in drugs, 7 counts of forgery and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Both men are expected to be arraigned on the new charges next week. Their trials on the original charges are set for next month.

Following the December raid, Investigators said 14,000 prescriptions for narcotics came out of Greater Medical Advance in nine months. The clinic was only open 36 hours a week and had only one doctor.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 1/4/12 @ 2:10 p.m.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The owner of a Wheelersburg pain clinic that was raided last month was in court for his arraignment Wednesday morning.

Authorities say George Marshall Adkins owned Greater Medical Advance on Ohio River Road, while Dr. Victor Georgescu operated the clinic. Both men were indicted by a Scioto County Grand Jury the day before the raid that happened on December 20. Both men are charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, conspiracy to engage in corrupt activity, funding drug trafficking and permitting drug abuse.

Adkins was arraigned on the charges during a hearing in Scioto County Common Pleas Court. Court records indicate he pleaded not guilty to the charges. His bond was set at $1,000,000 cash.

Defense attorney Michael Mearan says Adkins took steps to make sure proper procedures were followed at the clinic.

His next court appearance is set for January 12.

Dr. Georgescu was arrested in Centerville, Ohio where investigators say he operated another clinic.

He was returned to Scioto County where he pleaded not guilty to the charges. His bond was set $150,000. He is also set to return to court on January 12.

The grand jury also charged two other people in the case. Tammy Newman, a former owner and current employee of Greater Medical Advance, was charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, conspiracy to engage in corrupt activity and funding drug trafficking. Newman's charges also bring a major drug offender specification.

Melissa Veach, an employee of Greater Medical Advance, faces one charge of aggravated drug possession.



UPDATE 12/28/11 @ 6:45 p.m.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Just last week, the last pill mill in Scioto County, Ohio, was shut down.

The doors on Greater Medical Advance, located along Ohio River Road in Wheelersburg, were closed after a 30-month investigation.

Dr. Victor Andre Georgescu, the clinic operator; George Marshall Adkins, the clinic owner; along with Tammy Newman and Melissa Veach, both employees at the clinic, all face charges ranging from funding drug trafficking, to permitting drug abuse to drug possession.

Greater Medical Advance was raided in October 2010. At that time, customers, patients, doctors and neighboring business owners all were interviewed and cars were searched.

The investigation was turned over to the county prosecutor at that time.

After those two raids, the state is ready to close down that building for good. But the owner hopes that doesn't happen.

WSAZ.com was at a hearing Wednesday where both sides pleaded their cases. This is the civil side, where there's a question of protecting citizens and protecting citizen rights.

When Attorney General Mike DeWine announced he was shutting down the last pill mill in Scioto County, it was actually a restraining order. That led to a judge on Wednesday granting a preliminary injunction to padlock and shutter the building for a year.

With Georgescu shackled and chained in the courtroom, some attention turned to his civil suit co-defendants -- Billy and Katherine Inmon.

The wealthy absentee landlords, who say they own strip malls state and nationwide, own Georgescu's alleged pill mill building. We asked the Inmons why -- after the government raid on the clinic in the fall of 2010 -- why they didn't throw the occupants out?

“Quite frankly, we had no legal grounds to kick them out on," Billy Inmon said. "If law enforcement could not indict and make arrests, what could we do to kick them out?”

Lawyers with the Attorney General’s office say, by law, property declared a nuisance and harm to the community can be shut down -- with nothing allowed in.

And they say the Inmons, while not charged with a crime, were not unaware of possible criminal pill mill activity.

The Attorney General's lawyers told us the Inmons had the ability to expel that tenant if they wished. They said, if they knew there was criminal activity going on, they could go ahead and file an eviction notice. They also said Captain Hall with the Sheriff’s office actually spoke to them about the numerous complaints they received.

Inmon says he served an eviction notice on the Greater Medical Advance Clinic on Dec. 23 -- three days after Georgescu's arrest.

”That's the first doctor's office we rented to and maybe the last,” Billy Inmon said.

Named in both the civil and criminal suit is George Marshall Adkins -- the gun-toting clinic operator who is still at-large and being hunted by U.S. Marshals.

We asked Georgescu off camera if he ran a corrupt drug trafficking pill mill. He never said no, but said he was on a doctor's who's who list and wanted to see the law prevail.

As for the permanent clinic shutdown decision, the next step is another hearing in February.

It will stay padlocked until then.



UPDATE 12/28/11 @ 7:45 a.m.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) -- A Scioto County judge is ready to hear arguments for why a medical clinic described by authorities as little more than a drug house should be permanently closed.

The operator of Greater Medical Advance in Wheelersburg and the clinic's doctor face charges of corrupt activity and drug
trafficking. The clinic was raided and closed last week.

Scioto County Common Pleas Court Judge William Marshall
temporarily closed the clinic last week and scheduled a hearing
for 1:30 Wednesday to decide whether the order should be permanent.

The facility was the last so-called `pill mill' in Scioto County, a place where tens of thousands of painkillers were allegedly prescribed or dispensed to almost anyone who walked through its doors.

The owner of the building where the clinic is located has denied any knowledge of the goings-on or illegal activity.



UPDATE 12/21/11 @ 6 p.m.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- There have been nine pill mill busts in one year alone in Scioto County.

We’ve been following these as each one's doors are shut. WSAZ.com investigates where the doctors, pain clinic owners and workers cases stand.

These are people and places linked to multiple overdose deaths -- medical clinics where hand guns and ball bats constituted security. They're places where investigators say hundreds of thousands of pain pills were simply doled out for cash in party packs.

The clinics are closed, so, what about the operators?

Dr. James Lundeen says he's an innocent target. His Portsmouth pain clinic was raided this year. He owns 12 pain clinics across Ohio, and his medical license was permanently revoked last week.

Prosecutors say Lundeen's criminal investigation is ongoing.

Regarding convicted felon Tracy Bias -- his two Portsmouth pain clinics were investigated by the DEA and forced to close this year. The U.S. Attorney's office says the clinic owner -- while not charged with a crime -- is under a criminal investigation.

Dr. Margy Temponaras' offices were also raided by the DEA. They claim she ordered more than 800,000 pain pills in 2010. Her medical license is active, pending a medical board hearing in January.

In custody, Dr. Paul Volkman was found guilty in 2011 of four Scioto County overdose deaths -- accused of operating with all the trappings of an organized crime syndicate. To be sentenced in February, Volkman faces at least 20 years in prison.

Two of Volkmann’s co-defendants -- Denise Huffman, 57, who owned Tri-State Health Care and Pain Management in Portsmouth and South Point Pain Management, which operated in Portsmouth and elsewhere -- pleaded guilty on Nov. 10, 2010, to operating and maintaining a drug-involved premises.

And Alice Huffman Ball, 36, pleaded guilty on Oct. 25, 2010, to an identical charge. She managed the clinics and was sentenced on Nov. 8 to five years in prison.

Denise Huffman was ordered to undergo psychological evaluation before she is sentenced. No sentencing date is set for her.

Former Wheelersburg physicians Douglas Carroll and Mark Fantauzzi’s medical licenses are also permanently revoked.

And at Wheelersburg’s Greater Medical Advance Clinic -- raided earlier this year and shut down this week -- owner George Marshall Adkins and his doctor, Victor Georgesecu, face multiple corruption and drug felony charges.



UPDATE 12/20/11 @ 12 p.m.
WHEELERSBURG, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Attorney General Mike DeWine, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy and Scioto County officials have shut down what they say is the last pill mill in Scioto County following a 30-month investigation.

Law enforcement agents served search warrants at Greater Medical Advance, on Ohio River Road, Tuesday morning. They also served warrants at the clinic doctor's residence, and the clinic owner's residence.

Investigators say 14,000 prescriptions for narcotics came out of Greater Medical Advance in nine months. The clinic was only open 36 hours a week and had only one doctor.

A Scioto County Grand Jury has indicted Dr. Victor Andrei Georgescu, the clinic operator, and George Marshall Adkins, the clinic owner, on counts of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, conspiracy to engage in corrupt activity, funding drug trafficking and permitting drug abuse.

The Attorney General’s Office says all the counts against Georgescu and Adkins include a major drug offender specification.

Dr. Georgescu was arrested in Centerville, Ohio where investigators say he operated another clinic.

According to a press release, two other people face charges. Tammy Newman, a former owner and current employee of Greater Medical Advance, is charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, conspiracy to engage in corrupt activity and funding drug trafficking. Newman's charges also bring a major drug offender specification.

Melissa Veach, an employee of Greater Medical Advance, faces one charge of aggravated drug possession.

The Ohio Attorney General's office also took action Tuesday to declare the clinic and its operators a public nuisance. The suit seeks immediate closure of Greater Medical Advance.



ORIGINAL STORY 12/20/11 @11:45 a.m.
WHEELERSBURG, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The owner of a Wheelersburg, Ohio pain clinic has been arrested and charged following a 30-month investigation by local and state authorities in Ohio.

Agents raided Greater Medical Advance on Ohio River Road Tuesday morning.

A spokesperson for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office says the clinic's operator, Dr. Victor Andrei Georgescu, was arrested in Centerville, Ohio where he also operates a pain clinic.

The AG's Office says Georgescu faces numerous charges.

Also facing charges is the owner of the building where the Wheelersburg clinic is housed, a current employee of that clinic and another person.

We have a crew at the scene. More details are expected to be released in the next several hours.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updated information.


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