Three doctors busted in connersville
Drugs suck

Valparaiso, IN

#23 Nov 14, 2013
I think

Franklin, IN

#24 Nov 14, 2013
I bet busting a doctor, the police really cross their Ts and dot their Is. It is not like busting a street dealer who can't afford the best lawyers ya know. I would say that they are guilty as heck for charges to even be brought against them.
Drugs suck

Valparaiso, IN

#25 Nov 14, 2013
Three employees with Fayette Regional Health System were arrested Thursday morning by federal and state authorities on multiple felony drug charges, stemming from an ongoing investigation involving another physician's assistant.
David Ringel, 54, along with Daniel Palmer, 56 both physicians with FRHS and physician's assistant Jeff Ferryman, 50, were arrested Thursday morning at their FRHS offices by agents with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, the Indiana Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
All three were arrested without incident, according to Special Agent Dennis Wichern with the DEA's Indianapolis district office.
The arrests are a result of an ongoing investigation by authorities into David Wulff, a physician's assistant with FRHS who was arrested in October on more than 20 felony drug charges alleging unlawfully prescribing controlled substances to forgery while performing his duties.
Ringel was charged with four Class B felony counts of conspiracy to commit dealing in a controlled substance, along with four Class C felony counts of conspiracy to commit forgery. Those charges stem from Ringel, who became Wulff's supervising physician in April 2013, allegedly pre-signing prescription pads for Wulff, according to the affidavit for probable cause filed with the Fayette County Clerk's Office.
Those pre-signed prescriptions, according to the affidavit of probable cause, were then allegedly used by Wulff to prescribe Schedule I and II controlled substances such as Adderall and Concerta which were outside the scope of what Wulff, as a physician's assistant, was legally allowed to prescribe.
During an August search warrant executed by federal, state and local authorities at Wulff's office in the FRHS Primary Care clinic, about three blank prescription pads numbering 50 prescriptions each were found allegedly bearing the signature of Ringel, of which "the use of pre-signed prescriptions is a conspiracy to allow physician's assistants to unlawfully deliver (by law) controlled substances and/or prescribe in unlawful quantities," according to the affidavit.
The charges against Palmer, who faces seven Class A felony counts and one Class B felony count of conspiracy to commit dealing in a narcotic drug, along with 10 Class C felony counts of conspiracy to commit forgery and two Class A felony counts of conspiracy to commit dealing in a controlled substance, stem from a similar situation allegedly involving Wulff along with Ferryman.
Authorities, during the same August search of Wulff's office at the FRHS Primary Care clinic, found two blank prescription pads each containing 50 prescriptions each along with a partial blank prescription pad, all allegedly pre-signed by Palmer.
Palmer was Wulff's supervising physician in April 2013, during which time he allegedly pre-signed prescriptions for Wulff which he allegedly used to prescribe Oxycodone and Adderall medications outside of Wulff's scope to prescribe to patients.
Palmer also is alleged to have pre-signed prescriptions for Ferryman, which Ferryman then allegedly used to prescribe Roxicodone, Oxycodone, MSIR-Morphine and MS Contin between February and May 2013, medications outside of Ferryman's scope to legally prescribe, according to the affidavit.
Ferryman faces seven Class A felony counts and one Class Be felony count of dealing in a narcotic drug, along with seven Class C felony counts of forgery.
Drugs suck

Valparaiso, IN

#26 Nov 14, 2013
All three men were lodged in the Fayette County Jail Thursday without bond.
Indiana Attorney General Gregory Zoeller weighed in on the arrests Thursday, crediting the Fayette County Prosecutor's Office along with other state agencies.
"Overprescribing of powerful opiate painkillers across our state has contributed in part to the epidemic of prescription drug abuse in Indiana and fueled addiction at the expense of patients' safety and health," Zoeller said in a statement Thursday. "The Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force has worked with legislators, the Medical Licensing Board and health officials on approaches to diminish the problem of overprescribing. We appreciate the Fayette County Prosecutor's filing the serious charges here given the MFCU investigation finding multiple instances where prescribing laws were allegedly violated."
According to the affidavit, FRHS Dr. Bradley Dubois and Primary Care Clinic office manager Deanna Weber informed authorities during the investigation that hospital administration had asked doctors to sign blank prescription pads for use by physician's assistants.
Randy White, chief executive officer for FRHS, told the News-Examiner in October after Wulff's arrest that doctors and employees adhere to state law in the prescribing of medication and enforce such.
Multiple calls by the News-Examiner Thursday to White for comment on the arrests and statements made by White and FRHS in August that the investigation did not involve other physician's or employees of FRHS were not returned as of press time.
Palmer faces a maximum of 550 years in state prison and fines of up to $200,000 if found guilty of all charges. Ringel faces a maximum of 112 years in state prison and fines of up to $80,000 if found guilty of all charges, while Ferryman faces a maximum of 426 years in state prison and fines of up to $150,000.
salamander

Herndon, VA

#27 Nov 14, 2013
I wonder what the person is thinking who started all this by reporting wulff. I am sure they didnt expect such a domino effect.
In the know

Connersville, IN

#28 Nov 14, 2013
Drugs suck wrote:
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I don't think he was pushing pills on anyone. I think this all has to do with that Wulff guy. He probably snitched to get a lighter sentence. BUT if they are doing wrong then they need to be held accountable. One never knows what goes on behind closed doors.$$$$$ talks. Pharm companies pay out big bucks for doctors to prescribe their meds.
You obviously have not worked in pharmaceutics. "Big Pharm" (you must be a democrat)does not pay physicians. Physicians can make money by being a keynote speaker for the company. Pharmaceutical sales reps will take physicians out for dinner to talk about their product or bring in lunch for the entire staff. You're an idiot. This fiasco is the result of mismanagement on the part of FRHS. As a physician you do not sign your name on a blank script pad. It has nothing to do with drug companies.
medal

Franklin, IN

#29 Nov 14, 2013
salamander wrote:
I wonder what the person is thinking who started all this by reporting wulff. I am sure they didnt expect such a domino effect.
She is a hero for doing that. How many people did she/he save by reporting them. More nurses should do that, if they have any ethics at all. How many drug overdoses can be attributed to these doctors prescription pads? I think the investigation should go further into what doctors pills are killing our young people, directly or indirectly.

Thanks to the police involved in these arrests.
Miller

Connersville, IN

#30 Nov 14, 2013
Ramona Snyder-Teegarden wrote:
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Jeff is innocent! We love you Jeff!
. Agree well said someone is putting something on a great Dr we believe in him never push meds on my husband if it wasn't for Jeff my husband wouldn't be alive he was the dr would run test and found out he needed to see a heart dr..
secret girl

Connersville, IN

#31 Nov 14, 2013
they t00k care of everyone all 3Docs retards leave all of them alone. They are all goods DOCs they will be innocent just watch and see.
True Justice

Seymour, IN

#32 Nov 14, 2013
A New Day wrote:
My question is.....where is the board?????....White should already have been fired yet is still on the job. How about some board members that give a damn about what is happening here? Reid tried to merge with them in the past few years and was shown the door.
all the officers and the board should be removed if the town is ever going to have a respectable health care facility.
pusher man

Peoria, IL

#33 Nov 14, 2013
thats the best news ive heard all day!!! my prices r going 2 sky rocket...! so thks D.E.A FOE NOT ONLY HELPING ME OUT BUT 4 ALL THE HARD WK. U ALL PUT N EACH & EVERY !! so keep up the gd. wk & have a merry x-mass. I know i will! pain free at that.! p.s were going to 7 dolla
Rose colored glasses

Lafayette, IN

#34 Nov 14, 2013
A Patient wrote:
Jeff's a good guy and not a pill pusher. Whatever he was arrested for will surely come out in the media in time. He's a caring, compassionate, physician assistant and been my provider for a number of years. There are too many drugs in this town however I don't believe PA Jeff Ferryman to part of the problem.
Jeff: Keep your chin up and weather this storm. The whole truth will eventually come up and I believe you will be exonerated.
Sincerely,
A Patient
Hate to break this to you but your Superhero is lodged in Jail at the Moment. Ferryman faces seven Class A felony counts and one Class B felony count of dealing in a narcotic drug, along with seven Class C felony counts of forgery. He's facing over 400 years and 100K dollar fine. These DEA agents don't just throw around unfounded charges and you can bet they have a winning track record on convictions.
well

Franklin, IN

#35 Nov 14, 2013
Drug addicts all over town are crying. There are the addicts that don't think they are addicts because a doctor prescribes their meds. Then there are the drug dealers who pretend to take the prescriptions as prescribed, just as long as it shows up in their blood for blood work, they sell their pills to young people who DIE. Yep it is time ALL the addicts face the truth about themselves, and it is time the drug dealers including the doctors pay for their crimes!

And what the hell is "I love my doctor" all about?
Drugs suck

Kouts, IN

#36 Nov 14, 2013
In the know wrote:
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You obviously have not worked in pharmaceutics. "Big Pharm" (you must be a democrat)does not pay physicians. Physicians can make money by being a keynote speaker for the company. Pharmaceutical sales reps will take physicians out for dinner to talk about their product or bring in lunch for the entire staff. You're an idiot. This fiasco is the result of mismanagement on the part of FRHS. As a physician you do not sign your name on a blank script pad. It has nothing to do with drug companies.
No I don't work in pharmaceutics. But my nephew does so I do know a little something. If you notice we were all speculating on what they could of been busted for. NOW we know. Go untwist your panties.
Old lawman

Salem, WI

#37 Nov 14, 2013
They are working their way to the top . Start with Wulff then move up a level . Nab the doctors then move up a level . Who did these guys report to ? I've seen things like this destroy an organization .
A Big Mess

Indianapolis, IN

#38 Nov 14, 2013
Just read the article of full story on news examiner online and apparently this is all stemming from the David Wulff investigation. I don't know how to share it and was unable to copy and paste so you will see it in the morning if you buy the paper. What a mess. Apparently the doctors signed a bunch of blank scripts and the PA's used them to write scripts of narcotics. Examples were not only Oxycontin but Adderall those were two examples. Seems to me that the doctors thought the PA's were trustworthy but they took advantage but since they presigned the blank script pads now the doctors are in trouble too.
what the el

Franklin, IN

#39 Nov 14, 2013
LOL Ok why in the hell does White still have a job?
PCV

Goshen, IN

#40 Nov 14, 2013
So sad that alot of decent people who need a regular doctor won't be able to. Don't they review these quacks before they set up shop here?
Rushville

Lafayette, IN

#41 Nov 14, 2013
Come on over we had five new patients today
Just Curious

Connersville, IN

#42 Nov 14, 2013
As I had predicted...it ain't over yet.
4 caught....6 more to go.
Just wait and see.

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