UPDATE: Former Ironton Clinic Doctor Pleads Not Guilty to Additional Charges

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

UPDATE 10/8/14 @ 4 p.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A doctor who practiced at an Ironton clinic that was raided by federal, state and local authorities last year has pleaded not guilty to additional charges.

Pinnacle Wellness and Longevity Center was raided by local and federal officials in March 2013.

Last month, Dr. Adam Hall pleaded not guilty to a 12-count indictment that charged him with including Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, Permitting Drug Abuse, Illegal Processing of Drug Documents, and Forgery.

Hall was back in a Lawrence County Common Pleas courtroom Wednesday where he pleaded not guilty to an additional indictment that charged him with Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, Conspiracy to Engage in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, Tampering with Evidence, and Complicity to Practicing Osteopathy without a Certificate.

The judge set Hall’s bond at $10,000 cash.

Both indictments were consolidated during the hearing. Hall will be back in court in December.

Hall's license was suspended shortly after the raid

A former physician Kevin Bowers, who was on staff at the center when it was raided, was also was indicted on charges of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, Conspiracy to Engage in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity and Practicing Osteopathy without a Certificate.

According to the Ohio AG’s Office, Bowers is a convicted felon, whose osteopathic medical license was revoked in 2010 after allegations that he stole medications from a hospital.

There is no word on when Bowers will be arraigned.

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UPDATE 9/25/14 @ 3:50 p.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- More charges have been filed against a doctor who practiced at what federal officials called a "pill mill" in Ironton.

Pinnacle Wellness and Longevity Center was raided by local and federal officials in March 2013.

Dr. Adam P. Hall ran the center. Last month, he was indicted on 12 charges in connection with the raid, including Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, Permitting Drug Abuse, Illegal Processing of Drug Documents, and Forgery.

This week, the Ohio Attorney General's Office says Hall was also indicted on Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, Conspiracy to Engage in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, Tampering with Evidence, and Complicity to Practicing Osteopathy without a Certificate.

Hall's license was suspended shortly after the raid. The state Medical Board said Dr. Hall worked only three to four days each month at the practice. The allegations include that Dr. Hall would routinely stamp and/or pre-sign blank prescription slips for office staff to subsequently complete at a later date in order to provide patients with drugs, including controlled substances, prior to Dr. Hall’s return the following month.

Additionally, the Medical Board learned that patient medical records include notes of examinations/evaluations on dates of service when Dr. Hall was out of the country in 2008 and 2012, and prescribing records show that prescriptions bearing Dr. Hall’s purported signature were issued for dangerous drugs and controlled substances during those time periods.

Also charged this week was former physician Kevin Bowers. Bowers is a convicted felon, whose osteopathic medical license was revoked in 2010 after allegations that he stole medications from a hospital.

Bowers was on staff at the center when it was raided.

The AG's Office says Bowers was indicted on Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, Conspiracy to Engage in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity and Practicing Osteopathy without a Certificate.

No word when the men will be arraigned on the charges.



UPDATE 9/19/14 @ 8:45 p.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) – A doctor who practiced at an Ironton clinic raided by federal, state and local authorities has pleaded not guilty to the 12-count indictment against him.

Last month, a grand jury in Lawrence County Ohio indicted Dr. Adam Hall, DO, of Powell, Ohio, on various drug offenses that include Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, Permitting Drug Abuse, Illegal Processing of Drug Documents, and Forgery.

Agents from Ohio BCI, the state Pharmacy Board, the DEA, the Lawrence County Prosecutor, and local law enforcement executed the search warrant at Pinnacle Wellness and Longevity Center on March 12, 2013. The business was located in a suite at 407 South 3rd St.

At the time of the raid, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office said the practice was suspected of being a pill mill and had been under investigation for more than a year.

Dr. Hall was arraigned on the charges Wednesday. The judge gave him a $100,000 recognizance bond.

In April 2013, the State Medical Board of Ohio suspended Hall's medical license.

Hall will be back in court on Oct. 8.



UPDATE 8/20/14 @ 3 p.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) – A doctor who practiced at an Ironton clinic that was raided by federal, state and local authorities 17 months ago has been indicted on a dozen counts by a grand jury.

Agents from Ohio BCI, the state Pharmacy Board, the DEA, the Lawrence County Prosecutor, and local law enforcement executed the search warrant at Pinnacle Wellness and Longevity Center on March 12, 2013. The business was located in a suite at 407 South 3rd St.

At the time of the raid, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office said the practice was suspected of being a pill mill and had been under investigation for more than a year.

Tuesday, a grand jury in Lawrence County Ohio indicted Dr. Adam Hall, DO, of Powell, Ohio on various drug offenses that include Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, Permitting Drug Abuse, Illegal Processing of Drug Documents, and Forgery.

Dr. Hall will be arraigned on the charges September 3.

Prosecutor Brigham Anderson says the investigation is ongoing and he anticipates presenting additional evidence to a grand jury in the near future that could result in additional charges against Dr. Hall, as well as other people.

In April 2013, the State Medical Board of Ohio suspended Hall's medical license.

In taking the action, the Board said Dr. Hall worked only three to four days each month at the practice. The allegations include that Dr. Hall would routinely stamp and/or pre-sign blank prescription slips for office staff to subsequently complete at a later date in order to provide patients with drugs, including controlled substances, prior to Dr. Hall’s return the following month.

Additionally, the Medical Board learned that patient medical records include notes of examinations/evaluations on dates of service when Dr. Hall was out of the country in 2008 and 2012, and prescribing records show that prescriptions bearing Dr. Hall’s purported signature were issued for dangerous drugs and controlled substances during those time periods.

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UPDATE 4/2/13 @ 7 p.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The State Medical Board of Ohio has suspended the osteopathic medical license of a doctor who practiced at a clinic in Ironton raided by federal, state and local authorities last month.

Agents from Ohio BCI, the state Pharmacy Board, the DEA, the Lawrence County Prosecutor, and local law enforcement executed the search warrant at Pinnacle Wellness and Longevity Center on March 12. The business is located in a suite at 407 South 3rd St.

At the time, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office said the practice was suspected of being a pill mill and had been under investigation for more than a year.

According to a news release, the State Medical Board of Ohio took the action against Adam P. Hall, DO, of Powell, Ohio, after determining that there is clear and convincing evidence that he has violated the Medical Practices Act and his continued practice presents a danger of immediate and serious harm to the public.

The Board said Dr. Hall worked only three to four days each month at the practice. The allegations include that Dr. Hall would routinely stamp and/or pre-sign blank prescription slips for office staff to subsequently complete at a later date in order to provide patients with drugs, including controlled substances, prior to Dr. Hall’s return the following month.

The board also said the office staff at the Ironton location included former physician Kevin Bowers, a convicted felon, whose osteopathic medical license was revoked by the Medical Board in 2010.

According to court documents, Bowers was accused of stealing drugs from a hospital in Franklin County, Ohio.

Additionally, the Medical Board learned that patient medical records include notes of examinations/evaluations on dates of service when Dr. Hall was out of the country in 2008 and 2012, and prescribing records show that prescriptions bearing Dr. Hall’s purported signature were issued for dangerous drugs and controlled substances during those time periods.

It is also alleged that Dr. Hall submitted false statements to the Medical Board.

Mary Counts works in Ironton near the clinic. She says she’s happy to see a doctor accused of feeding the growing drug problem shut down.

"It brings more drugs into the area and more people overdosing and dying. That's bad for the community,” Counts said. "If doctors are dispensing those and just giving them to different people, it just shouldn't happen."

The Medical Board says Dr. Hall has the right to request a hearing regarding the suspension of his license. He has 30 days to do so.

According to the board, Hall’s license was suspended before in 2006, when Hall was diagnosed with substance abuse and Bipolar Disorder.

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UPDATE 3/12/13 @ 6:30 p.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- When Rosanna Wescott and her grandmother pulled into the parking lot of the Pinnacle Wellness and Longevity Center in Ironton Tuesday morning, she was shocked.

"I don't know what to think, whether to run or what to do," Wescott said.

Wescott came for a suboxone prescription. It's a drug she uses to help keep her off prescription painkillers. She says it's changed her life.

"I'm in my right state of mind. I'm not walking around doped up and not knowing what I'm doing," Wescott said.

But doctors at Pinnacle are accused of helping others get those same drugs that sent Wescott down a dangerous path. They're being investigated for alleged improper subscribing.

On Tuesday, agents from Ohio BCI, the state Pharmacy Board, the DEA and local law enforcement raided the office.

"Today's search warrant is so we can search records, patient records any documentation that can assist us with our investigation," Jesse Wimberly, with the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy, said.

Wescott's grandmother is frustrated by how many pill mills there are in southern Ohio.

"Doctors will put out any kind of drugs for young people -- destroy our generations coming up today; we don't need them," Jewel Reed said. "We need to put a stop to them."

Wescott says if she can't get another prescription for suboxone, she's afraid of backsliding.

"Whatever dope dealer I can find's going to have a little bit of money later on when I run out of my two day supply that I have left," Wescott said.



ORIGINAL STORY 3/12/13 @ 9:30 A.M.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Local and state investigators have raided an Ironton business suspected of being a pill mill, according to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

AG Spokesperson Jill Del Greco says investigators executed the search warrant at Pinnacle Wellness and Longevity Center just after 8:30 Tuesday morning.

The business is located in a suite in an office building at 407 South 3rd Street.

Greco tells WSAZ.com the business has been under investigation for more than a year. She says investigators are gathering evidence and no arrests are expected Tuesday.

We have crew at the scene.

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