CINCINNATI, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A man from Portsmouth has been sentenced to 262 months in a federal prison Monday for his role in conspiring to distribute more than 200,000 Oxycodone pills and money laundering.
Kevin Huff, 36, was was the owner and operator of Primary Health Care an illegal "pill mill" in Chillicothe, Ohio, according to authorities.
In addition to the prison sentence, Huff was also ordered to forfeit six properties in Lucasville and Sciotoville, Ohio; three vehicles, three ATV’s, a boat, $20,000 in currency, the contents of two bank accounts totaling approximately $118,875.
“Between July 2009 and June 2011 Huff conspired to illegally distribute Oxycodone and concealed the proceeds gained from the clinic he owned by purchasing real property, vehicles, and boats, as well as concealing the proceeds in bank accounts,”said U.S. Attorney Stewart.
According to court documents, agencies began investigating Primary Health Care in 2011. The clinic charged each “patient” $200 in cash in return for prescriptions for Oxycodone and other narcotics without the benefit of a legitimate medical examination by a physician. The physician on staff saw approximately 25 patients per day.
"This case should serve as an example of just how serious we are about stopping those who are involved in over prescribing prescription medication," said Attorney General DeWine. "People are regularly overdosing on prescriptions that they should never have access to in the first place, and if we have to put those responsible in prison for decades, that's what we'll do."
Huff received between $5,000 and $8,000 three times a month for his share of the clinic's proceeds. In 2009, Huff received approximately $245,000 from the operation of the pain clinic. Huff did not deposit this cash into a bank; instead he kept the money at several locations including his basement and in the shed behind his mother-in-law's house.
Prosecutors say Huff used the money to pay day-to-day expenses, purchase assets, and take vacations. The proceeds generated from the operation of Primary Health Care pain clinic represented the proceeds of illegal narcotics trafficking. Other drugs commonly prescribed also included Hydrocodone and Xanax.
Huff purchased a house in Lucasville, Ohio and concealed the purchase of the house by deeding the house in the name of another individual. Huff used $40,000 in drug proceeds to pay for the house.
In June 2012, Huff pleaded guilty to one count of unlawfully conspiring to distribute Oxycodone and one count of money laundering. He was sentenced to 240 months for the conspiracy followed by 22 months for the money laundering.
“Kevin Huff not only fueled the prescription drug problem in Southern Ohio, he supported addiction in several parts of the country”, said Acting Special Agent in Charge Kathy A. Enstrom, IRS, Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office. “IRS Criminal Investigation is committed with taking the profit away from criminal enterprises and putting those individuals in jail.”