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Isnt Dr Hoover special

Charleston, WV

#1 Mar 30, 2010
Anyone who has ever met this lovely lady should read the following:

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.

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, ask them about the pain and then call in prescriptions to certain pharmacies. 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.

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

Investigators are trying to seize more than $4.5 million from bank accounts belonging to the doctors and employees at the Wellness Center.
Wizard of cash

Charleston, WV

#2 Mar 31, 2010
I guess we know who is behind the curtain now.
lol

Ithaca, NY

#3 Mar 31, 2010
I can see by the size of the bank account and the fact that she left the country she "loved" her patients (wallets). Greed has turned doctors into legal pushers and the sad thing is, the patients rationalize their addictions by saying the "Doctor" (I really use this term loosely) gave it to them and they need it. They do not follow the "Every 4-6 hours AS NEEDED" to mean a "only when you hurt". I have seen people set alarm clocks in the hospital to WAKE THEM UP to ask for pain med........Pitiful the DEA is letting this crap continue. PLEASE, shut this stuff down earllier than $5 million dollars later. Makes you wonder what she has stashed out of the country in the place she ran to. Living rich for now.
aka wizard

Charleston, WV

#4 Mar 31, 2010
They're just jealous of all her cash. Its all the patient's fault. She shouldn't have to pay taxes. With all her good qualities she's qualified and should run for the mingo county commission.
patient from winchester

Charleston, WV

#5 Mar 31, 2010
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.
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.
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Charleston, WV

#6 Mar 31, 2010
CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Federal investigators have seized more than $436,000 linked to a southern West Virginia pain clinic raided earlier this month.

U.S. marshals also want to confiscate a late-model BMW owned by a doctor at the center of the Mountain Medical Care Center probe.

Court papers unsealed this week reveal the seizure warrants. They also say that doctor, Katherine Hoover, has left the country.

The filings offer reasons behind the March 2 raid of the Williamson pain clinic. Investigators estimate it collected at least $4.6 million last year from nearly 44,000 people seeking pain pill prescriptions.

No charges have been filed. A lawyer for one staffer questions the allegations, and says the clinic served an important and worthwhile role in that community.
wellness

Logan, WV

#7 Mar 31, 2010
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CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Federal investigators have seized more than $436,000 linked to a southern West Virginia pain clinic raided earlier this month.
U.S. marshals also want to confiscate a late-model BMW owned by a doctor at the center of the Mountain Medical Care Center probe.
Court papers unsealed this week reveal the seizure warrants. They also say that doctor, Katherine Hoover, has left the country.
The filings offer reasons behind the March 2 raid of the Williamson pain clinic. Investigators estimate it collected at least $4.6 million last year from nearly 44,000 people seeking pain pill prescriptions.
No charges have been filed. A lawyer for one staffer questions the allegations, and says the clinic served an important and worthwhile role in that community.
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha ha oh my gosh my stomach is hurting hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha h WHEW!!!!!
omg

Ithaca, NY

#8 Mar 31, 2010
"A lawyer for one staffer questions the allegations, and says the clinic served an important and worthwhile role in that community."

Ha! Ha! Dopeheads needed this place!!!
only in Beckley

Charleston, WV

#9 Mar 31, 2010
Feds seize bank accounts in W.Va. pill mill probe
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By: LAWRENCE MESSINA
The Associated Press
Federal investigators have seized more than $436,000 linked to a southern West Virginia pain clinic raided earlier this month and suspected of giving out massive amounts of prescription pills.
The FBI also wants to confiscate a late-model BMW owned by Dr. Katherine Hoover, a physician at the center of the probe of the Mountain Medical Care Center who also may have left the country, according to papers filed this week in U.S. District Court.
The filings shed light on the March 2 raid on the Williamson pain clinic. They also show that investigators obtained search warrants for Hoover's nearby apartment and her Harrison County residence, as well as the homes of the clinic's office manager and Dr. William Ryckman, its owner.
The raids follow testimony and complaints from more than a dozen people alleging that the clinic was improperly issuing massive amounts of painkiller prescriptions. Some of the allegations came from defendants charged with selling drugs, including pills prescribed by the clinic. Investigators also paid the clinic five undercover visits in 2005, the filings said.
No charges have been filed. A lawyer for office manager Myra Miller questioned the allegations. John Wooton cited the numerous phone calls he's received since the raid from clinic patients who have been left without a place for treatment.
"It's a very important clinic, a very worthwhile clinic," Wooton said. "I'm hearing from people with terminal illnesses who need medication for their pain, or have suffered horrendous injuries."
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Hoover, 59, has battled with government regulators since at least the 1990s over the way she prescribes pain drugs. Her West Virginia medical license is on probation following allegations that she tried to enlist a female patient, during a 1995 gynecological exam, to have sex with her teenage son and his friends, according to the court filings and state Board of Medicine records.
A sworn statement from FBI Special Agent James Lafferty said records show 335,132 prescriptions were written under her U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration license between December 2002 and Jan. 25, making her "the number one prescriber of controlled substances in West Virginia."
Records also count 30,472 different patients issued prescriptions by Hoover last year, the affidavit said. Citing evidence that the clinic charged patients at least $150 _ cash-only _ per visit, Lafferty estimated the clinic raked in at least $4.6 million in 2009.
Investigators searching for those proceeds seized the $436,246 from accounts in the names of Hoover, Ryckman and Miller. Ryckman's contained nearly three-fourths of the funds confiscated.
A lawyer for Ryckman did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday. Hoover could not immediately be located for comment.
a shame

Charleston, WV

#10 Mar 31, 2010
CHARLESTON, W.Va.Thousands of eager drug seekers paid cash to receive illegal prescriptions at a Williamson medical facility, according to a search warrant filed as part of a federal investigation into an alleged pill mill.The March 2 search of the Mountain Medical Care Center, formerly the Williamson Wellness Center, marked the second time in as many years authorities have raided a Southern West Virginia medical facility suspected of doling out millions of prescription pills.Authorities have seized almost $500,000 from the bank accounts of two doctors and an employee of the center, and believe the center's illegal proceeds from 2009 exceeded $4.6 million, according to search warrants filed by FBI Special Agent James F. Lafferty II.According to state Board of Pharmacy figures, doctors associated with the center wrote prescriptions to almost 44,000 different patients, Lafferty wrote.Lafferty's affidavit focuses on three doctors associated with the clinic who allegedly handed out prescription after prescription for Lortab (hydrocodone) and Xanax (alprzolam): William F. Ryckman, of Sutersville, Pa.; Katherine A. Hoover, of Lost Creek; and J. Victorino R. Teleron Jr., of Charleston.
Patients were typically charged $450 for their first visit and $150 for each later visit, according to the affidavit. The center made patients return once a month to get their prescriptions renewed.Patients were given a list of local pharmacies to choose from and the prescriptions were called in, Lafferty wrote. They were steered away from pharmacies that were part of a national chain and towards locally owned pharmacies that had a financial incentive to turn a blind eye to the onslaught of bogus prescriptions."National 'chain pharmacies' such as Rite Aid or Walgreens are staffed with pharmacists who have little or no financial interest in the amount of revenue generated through the sale of controlled substances," the affidavit states. "The physicians working at pill mills realize this and steer their patients towards more agreeable pharmacies."Another doctor listed in the filing is Donald Kiser, who admitted that he traded prescriptions for sex and was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison in February 2008. From 2004 until his arrest in February 2005, Kiser worked for the Williamson Wellness Center, earning $2,000 a day as an independent contractor.
Kiser estimated that the center served as many as 400 patients a day, and noticed that some patients had gone years without seeing a doctor when he reviewed their charts.
Kiser told investigators that the prescriptions were phoned in because it was physically impossible for a doctor to write out every prescription, according to the affidavit.
Two clinic employees are also heavily implicated in the court filing: office manager Myra Miller, who was reportedly paid more than $1.1 million between the beginning of 2006 and the end of 2008, and nurse practitioner Camille Hesel, who was initially paid $3,000 a week when she was hired away from Williamson Memorial Hospital in 2004.Hesel became "owner" of the Williamson Wellness Center in January 2006, when the name was changed to Mountain Medical. She agreed to pay Ryckman, the previous "owner," $25,000 a month for five years, according to the affidavit.
a shame

Charleston, WV

#11 Mar 31, 2010
cont.

The restructuring was likely an effort to avoid government scrutiny after Kiser was arrested, Lafferty noted.Hesel described Hoover as the "bread and butter of the operation" because she would give prescriptions to anyone, which helped generate the most income.
Hoover has apparently left the country, according to Lafferty's affidavit.Beginning in August 2005, an undercover officer began visiting the center, paying cash for a series of prescriptions, according to the affidavit.
During his second visit, the officer was told by a clinic employee believed to be Hesel that he needed to get an X-ray "because if the 'feds' walk in right now, she wanted them to be able to pick up any [expletive] chart that they want and find that the clinic is either searching for what's wrong" or has a good reason to prescribe drugs, the affidavit states.
Some patients at the clinic openly discussed their intention to sell the drugs prescribed to them, according to one witness. "Physicians seem to have developed a pattern of activity that they believe will protect them from prosecution through their use of X-rays and/or MRIs to document some type of examination being conducted, as well as having the office employees perform a cursory examination at least monthly on each patient," Lafferty wrote.
wondering

Ithaca, NY

#12 Apr 1, 2010
How many lives could have been saved if the investigation had not taken this long? "Years"? They have doled out the perscriptions for this long, people have died from overdoses on these drugs, and it took this long to prove it? I think there is a problem with the system.......
Plain wrong

Charleston, WV

#13 Apr 1, 2010
Why did it take so long to stop these monsters.
get real

Ithaca, NY

#14 Apr 1, 2010
I agree. How many were not addicted that now are, how many have died as a result of an easy fix?
victims had kids

Charleston, WV

#15 Apr 1, 2010
Justice is coming your way Dr. Cash. Better get a good lawyer.
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Mr Ed

Ransom, KY

#17 Apr 1, 2010
Gosh almighty that made my eyes hurt just reading all that. No wonder I never went to her $450.00 office visit and she don't take insurance and look how long she been in business and just now the law is starting to understand something is not right.Sounds like she was taking care of somebody until now. Most Dr.'s only have maybe 20 patients a day but some days she had 400. Come on people I never graduated high school but I can see something in this picture just not right. So who's palm was she rubbing and decided to stop, then they got made cause they were cut off?
informed citizen

Oak Hill, WV

#18 Apr 2, 2010
"Federal prosecutors are negotiating a plea deal with Dr. Diane Shafer."

Dr. has surrendered license.$90,000 cash found in bedroom. Also reveal that $500,000 was seized with about half found in a safety deposit box.

http://wvgazette.com/ap/ApTopStories/20100402...
painful justice

Charleston, WV

#19 Apr 2, 2010
Recent W.Va. clinic raid reveals probe of doctor

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va.(AP)- The U.S. Justice Department has seized a small fortune from a Mingo County doctor in a case that parallels last month's raid of a Williamson pain clinic.

Federal prosecutors are negotiating a plea deal with Dr. Diane Shafer. They suspect her of the same improper pill prescriptions that led to the March 2 search of the Mountain Medical Care Center.

Court filings show $90,000 in cash was confiscated that day from Shafer's nearby bedroom. They also reveal the FBI earlier seized more than $500,000 from her. About half that was $100 bills found in a safe deposit box.

The 57-year-old Shafer has clashed with authorities since the 1980s. She recently turned to politics, and is a top donor to the state GOP. Shafer has surrendered her state medical license."

Funny how those republicans sure hate to pay taxes.
informed citizen

Oak Hill, WV

#20 Apr 2, 2010
painful justice wrote:
Recent W.Va. clinic raid reveals probe of doctor
The Associated Press
CHARLESTON, W.Va.(AP)- The U.S. Justice Department has seized a small fortune from a Mingo County doctor in a case that parallels last month's raid of a Williamson pain clinic.
Federal prosecutors are negotiating a plea deal with Dr. Diane Shafer. They suspect her of the same improper pill prescriptions that led to the March 2 search of the Mountain Medical Care Center.
Court filings show $90,000 in cash was confiscated that day from Shafer's nearby bedroom. They also reveal the FBI earlier seized more than $500,000 from her. About half that was $100 bills found in a safe deposit box.
The 57-year-old Shafer has clashed with authorities since the 1980s. She recently turned to politics, and is a top donor to the state GOP. Shafer has surrendered her state medical license."
Funny how those republicans sure hate to pay taxes.
Yes, paint all Republicans and conservatives with the same brush. I'm still wondering what her politics had to do with illegal activities. No one is above the law. Might I remind you that obama had a terrible filling some posts because of his party nominees' tax troubles.
endangered species

Charleston, WV

#21 Apr 3, 2010
WILLIAMSON - An Inez, Ky., woman was arrested Monday on counterfeiting and drug-related charges after she attempted to pay her $150 doctor’s fee with bogus bills. Her nephew was also taken into custody on drug counts Monday by local and state police.

The drama took place on West Third Avenue at Mountain Comprehensive Care Center, referred to by Williamson Police Lt. C. D. Rockel as the “Wellness Center,” where Violet Faye June, 54, and Jonathan Coleman, 34, of Pilgrim, Ky., were arrested.

Rockel said the investigation is not complete, but the woman and her nephew are each held in Southwestern Regional Jail near Holden on five charges each. They were awaiting arraignment by a Mingo County Magistrate late Monday.

Jude is charged with counterfeiting of $20 bills; counterfeiting with intent to utter; obtaining a controlled substance from a source other a physician; one count of possession of a controlled substance, Oxycontin, and one count of possession of a controlled substance, Hydrocodone.

Coleman is charged with two counts of delivery of controlled substances, Oxy-contin and Hydrocodone, and three counts of possession with intent to deliver those two drugs.

Rockel said he was called to the Wellness Center after Jude had attempted to pay a $150 fee for a doctor’s visit, and a center employee detected three counterfeit $20 bills among the other money offered as payment. Rockel said it was discovered that the three bogus bills bore the same serial number,“which was a dead giveaway that the three 20s were counterfeit.”

The officer said Jude had left the building a few minutes and returned in an agitated state.“She didn’t want a receipt for the money she was paying for the visit and acted very suspiciously,” said Rockel.

After a few more minutes of talking with the woman, Rockel quoted her as saying “she didn’t really know where she got the money we had discovered was counterfeit.”

During further investigation, Rockel said the officers found $200 more in bogus $20 bills stashed in a secret compartment in her pocketbook, separate from her regular money. Three Oxycontin pills were found in another container and Hydrocodone was in a prescription bottle, he added.

“We took her into custody and she explained to us that she was holding the bills for somebody else,” said Rockel.

The nephew, Coleman, was found with Oxycontin in a regular container and three kinds of Hydrocodone in the same pill box, said Rockel.

The pair had traveled to Williamson in a Chevrolet S10 Blazer but the officers had not yet established ownership when it was confiscated along with an estimated $1,000 worth of controlled substances and about $500 in cash. Rockel said Mrs. Jude was the driver of the vehicle in which the officers also found some drugs.

Rockel was assisted in the initial investigation by Trooper First Class S.T. Harper and Trooper B .R. Moore of the Williamson detachment of West Virginia State Police.

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