anyone saw dr hoover
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#1 Mar 31, 2010
Font Size: There are new developments in a drug raid at a Mingo County health clinic.
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.
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. 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.>
#2 Mar 31, 2010
dr. hoover is a drug pusher. some up standing doctor.
#3 Mar 31, 2010
I dont understand after reading this why it took somany years to bust them she did more damage to this part of the country with drugs than i bet a billion dollars of reehab could ever fix its amazeing to read stuff like this
#4 Mar 31, 2010
Dr. Hoover left the country. Imagine that.
#5 Feb 28, 2011
She's back and will back in business next month. Have a great day!
#6 Feb 28, 2011
#7 Feb 28, 2011
your wishing for something that won't ever happen. That boat has floated away and sunk. That dope dealin beotch is gone forever. Even if she was back practicing medicine she would not be able to prescribe ANY narcotics. She's long gone to Mexico
#8 Feb 28, 2011
She no longer has a license to practice medicine. It was revoked, terminated by the state. I am surprised that she didn't get prison time if she did what was said she did.
#9 Feb 28, 2011
She fled the country or she would be in jail
#10 Feb 28, 2011
she is a typical criminal. come into an area that is ate up wtih drug addiction. when the doctor gets into trouble they leave the area.
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