Whatca gonna do when

Gilbert, WV

#22 Mar 31, 2010
UPDATE: Tuesday 3/30
CHARLESTON, W.Va.(WSAZ)-- There are new developments Tuesday in a drug raid at a Mingo County health clinic. WSAZ.com has obtained a 32-page federal document that lists names and provides some jaw-dropping details.

This all started in early March when agents converged on the Mountain Medical Care Center in Williamson, W.Va. The facility was previously known as the Williamson Wellness Center.

Three doctors and several employees are accused of writing illegal prescriptions and health care fraud. According to FBI investigators, the clinic was dishing out hundreds of prescriptions each day in exchange for cash.

According to records from the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy, Dr. Katherine Hoover prescribed more controlled substances than any other doctor in the state. Since 2002, she's written more than 355,000 prescriptions. That total doesn't include prescriptions filled in neighboring Kentucky.

Camille Helsel, the owner of the clinic told investigators Dr. Hoover was the clinic's "bread and butter." The federal documents also say Helsel told investigators she "suspected about half of the patients were either drug addicts or were selling the prescription drugs they obtained" but went onto say "that is between that person and law enforcement."

Two other doctors who also operate out of the clinic, Dr. William Ryckman and Dr. Victorio Teleron, Jr. also are being investigated. No charges have been filed, but investigators say Dr. Hoover has fled the country.

The investigation dates back several years. Undercover agents and patients who testified say that for an initial price of about $450, patients would see one of the doctors. They say the doctors would ask them to get an MRI or an X-ray, ask them about the pain and then call in prescriptions to certain pharmacies.(NEXT)
Whatca gonna do when

Gilbert, WV

#23 Mar 31, 2010
An undercover officer says he was told by a nurse practitioner to get an X-ray because, "if the 'feds' walk in right now, she wanted them to be able to pick up any chart that they want and find that the clinic is searching for what's wrong with the patient."

After the initial visit, patients and the undercover officer testified they would show up to the clinic once a month and pay $150 for refills without ever having to see the doctor or prove that they still needed the drugs. Some patients testified they went more than a year without seeing a doctor.

A former doctor at the clinic, Dr. Donald Kiser, who is now in federal prison for prescription drug charges admitted to investigators that the Wellness Center was providing prescriptions in exchange for money.

Kiser told investigators he "observed a money counting machine at the practice and overheard a conversation between Myra Miller (the office manager) and Dr. Ryckman where Ryckman commented,'Why are we paying the accountants if they cannot hide the money?'"

Investigators are trying to seize about $4.6 million from bank accounts belonging to the doctors and employees at the Wellness Center. Federal agents say the clinic brought in at least that much in 2009 alone.

The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed.

Dr. Hoover was practicing on a suspended license. WSAZ.com did some digging into her medical past. She had her license suspended for five years after a lengthy court battle for an incident dating back to 1995. Court records show Dr. Hoover asked a 17-year old girl who was in her office for her first gynecological exam if she or some of her friends would have sex with her teenage son.

Court testimony shows that Dr. Hoover gave the girl her home telephone number and a map to her house. Prior to the proposition, the girl testified she confided in Dr. Hoover that she had been sexually abused.

Court records also show that during the legal battle Dr. Hoover altered the girl's medical records.

As part of her suspension, Dr. Hoover was required to practice under a licensed physician.
Whatca gonna do when

Gilbert, WV

#24 Mar 31, 2010
UPDATE: Wednesday 3/3
WILLIAMSON, W.Va.(WSAZ)-- The investigation into a pain clinic that many people say has had a history of trouble continues.

On Tuesday, the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and West Virginia State Police executed several federal warrants at the Wellness Center in Williamson. That's in Mingo County.

Information on the case is sealed, but troopers told us they've made several undercover prescription drug buys over the years believed to be linked to this clinic.

As of late Wednesday, no one has been arrested.
angie

United States

#25 Mar 31, 2010
well wrote:
<quoted text>
wrong. her office is closed. she fled the country. poor little pill head. all of her "patients" are also being investigated, according to the news. enjoy losers.
The news DID NOT say her patients were being investigated! How could they charge all of those people? You are crazy!!
i heard

United States

#26 Mar 31, 2010
purple pills wrote:
the news said she had been in trouble over sex before...don't remember hearing about that! what did she do?
don't know if it's true but i heard she wrote prescriptions to women/girls in exchage for them having sex with her sons.
j lo

Logan, WV

#27 Mar 31, 2010
Dr Hover has left the country.No one has been charged with anything yet thats acording to wsaz tv today
just being me

United States

#28 Apr 7, 2010
look all you people can judge this doctor if you want. but the harsh reality is that if you would take the medicine like it is perscribed people would'nt be [as some of you said pillheads] how lcan any of us blame someone else for our own mistakes. these doctors are trying ti help people like me who are really in serious pain and have real injuries.
Concerned

Kermit, WV

#29 Apr 8, 2010
just being me wrote:
look all you people can judge this doctor if you want. but the harsh reality is that if you would take the medicine like it is perscribed people would'nt be [as some of you said pillheads] how lcan any of us blame someone else for our own mistakes. these doctors are trying ti help people like me who are really in serious pain and have real injuries.
You have a real reality problem! She has been cited for writing approx. 70% of all the pain pill RX's in the entire state of WV. Her clinic was nothing but a cash operation. She was as crooked as Route 10. A crook is a crook is a crook! She was the head of WV's largest illegal drug cartel!
j lo

Logan, WV

#30 Apr 8, 2010
just being me wrote:
look all you people can judge this doctor if you want. but the harsh reality is that if you would take the medicine like it is perscribed people would'nt be [as some of you said pillheads] how lcan any of us blame someone else for our own mistakes. these doctors are trying ti help people like me who are really in serious pain and have real injuries.
It's not a mistake when they are going to 10 drs a month to get the same meds
former Loganite

Columbus, OH

#31 Apr 8, 2010
when you can go to a doctor and say my knee hurts and they look at the knee and write a 90 day script for oxeys ... then it is the doctors fault.....sorry it is the same as selling beer and/or cigs to a minor.
former Loganite

Columbus, OH

#32 Apr 8, 2010
this will soon stop...forged scripts will be a thing of the past....my dr. uses e-script, i never have any contact until i pick up my meds...also for scheduled meds a weekly test will be required to see if the levels are correct in the body and if not, you can no longer receive the med....ever!
j lo

Logan, WV

#33 Apr 8, 2010
former Loganite wrote:
when you can go to a doctor and say my knee hurts and they look at the knee and write a 90 day script for oxeys ... then it is the doctors fault.....sorry it is the same as selling beer and/or cigs to a minor.
i could not have said it better myself
SHONDELLE CHANEY

Winchester, KY

#34 Apr 12, 2010
Concerned wrote:
<quoted text>
You have a real reality problem! She has been cited for writing approx. 70% of all the pain pill RX's in the entire state of WV. Her clinic was nothing but a cash operation. She was as crooked as Route 10. A crook is a crook is a crook! She was the head of WV's largest illegal drug cartel!
YOU ARE [ROBbly one of her patients if the truth be known. yea she took cash she had to be paid fpr her jab. what about you dont you get [paid] when youi do a job??????????if you even have a job
Concerned

Kermit, WV

#35 Apr 12, 2010
SHONDELLE CHANEY wrote:
<quoted text>YOU ARE [ROBbly one of her patients if the truth be known. yea she took cash she had to be paid fpr her jab. what about you dont you get [paid] when youi do a job??????????if you even have a job
She will have room for a cell mate! Are you interested? I have two college degrees and a job thank you! She only took cash! Isn't that what ever Doctor does?$450 cash for the first appointment and then $150.00 for other appointments. She was a one woman drug cartel. Wake up and get real!
SHONDELLE CHANEY

Winchester, KY

#36 Apr 12, 2010
Concerned wrote:
<quoted text>
She will have room for a cell mate! Are you interested? I have two college degrees and a job thank you! She only took cash! Isn't that what ever Doctor does?$450 cash for the first appointment and then $150.00 for other appointments. She was a one woman drug cartel. Wake up and get real!
you get real i dont care about your college degrees.that doesnt do much unless you put it to good use. this woman was trying to help people like me who are seriouly injured and if people where going there for other reasons they are the criminals.as for your comment of a cell mate it seems as though you may feel that position pretty well.who really knows what you have. i sure dont and im really not interested.you need to have a reality check and know the facts of this doctor. she is a very caring and she is a great doctor who got sucked in by people who only used her for what they could get. so you really shouldnt judge her unless you knew her
SHONDELLE CHANEY

Winchester, KY

#37 Apr 12, 2010
also [CONCERNED]HOW IS IT THAT YOU KNOW WHAt the office visits were unless [YOU]went to her yourself and know so much about her office charges and think you know what went on in there??????????
Just me

United States

#38 Apr 15, 2010
Vacationing in the Bahamas with all the cash she recieved fron the drug prescriptions.
Concerned

Kermit, WV

#39 Apr 15, 2010
SHONDELLE CHANEY wrote:
also [CONCERNED]HOW IS IT THAT YOU KNOW WHAt the office visits were unless [YOU]went to her yourself and know so much about her office charges and think you know what went on in there??????????
It was in the newspaper! No I am not a patient of Dr. Hoover!
THETRUTHHURTS

United States

#40 Apr 17, 2010
im a doctor wrote:
it isnt the doctor who gets these kids on pills, its the kids themselves, they're already on them when they come to us. All we do is our job.
Really? My grandmother had never abused a drug in her life and when she broke her neck she was prescribed this pain patch, and 4 DAYS after she came home, she passed away. After autopsy we find out that the DOCTOR had prescribed the WRONG DOSE! So now you tell me that the DOCTORS are not to blame! As soon as someone comes in with a problem that involves pain the doctor writes some strong pain medication and tells them to take it that it will help and then after months of taking this medication people become addicted! Are you telling me that these 60 & 70 yr. olds are coming to you and asking for narcotics? And you said they come to you to get them right? Well I am NOT a doctor but if I thought someone was just seeking drugs I would turn them away! Not give it to them!!!
THETRUTHHURTS

United States

#41 Apr 17, 2010
purple pills wrote:
the news said she had been in trouble over sex before...don't remember hearing about that! what did she do?
Asked a patient to have sex with her sons!

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