From Hannah Report
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office says the former owner of a Chillicothe pill mill will spend more than two decades in prison after he was sentenced Monday in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
U.S. Attorney Carter M. Stewart joined state Attorney General Mike DeWine in the announcement, saying Kevin Huff, 36, will spend 21 years and 10 months behind bars after pleading guilty in June 2012 to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone Pills in Excess of 200,000 Dosage Units (30mg tablets) and one count of money laundering.
Huff was the owner of Primary Health Care at 173 Renick Avenue in Chillicothe until authorities closed the pain clinic in June 2011.
“This case should serve as an example of just how serious we are about stopping those who are involved in overprescribing prescription medication,” DeWine said in a statement. “People are regularlyoverdosing 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.”
The Chillicothe Police Department, Ross County Sheriff’s Office, Ross County Prosecutor’s Office, U.S. 23 Major Crimes Task Force, Ohio Board of Pharmacy, and the Internal Revenue Service also helped to investigate Huff.
Primary Health Care charged individuals $200 for drug prescriptions including Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Xanax, writing approximately 25 prescriptions per day.
“Between July 2009 and June 2011,” said Stewart, “Huff conspired to illegally distribute Oxycodone and concealed the proceeds gained from the clinic he owned by purchasing real property, vehiclesand boats, as well as concealing the proceeds in bank accounts.”
As clinic owner, Huff received payments of $5,000 to $8,000 three times a month, according to authorities. The investigation into others at the clinic remains open, and additional chargescould be filed at a later date.
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