Two pain clinics have been charged in a case in which doctors there have admitted to helping funnel tens of thousands of pills into Kentucky.
The clinics are Urgent Care of Philadelphia and Urgent Care of Cincinnati, doing business as Urgent Care Services LLC, a Louisiana company. The companies were added as defendants in a case involving Michael D. Leman of Slidell, La., Urgent Care's president.
Last year, Leman was charged with conspiring to distribute prescription pills.
The indictment that was returned Thursday, called a superseding indictment, added a money-laundering charge against Leman and the companies. It also added a forfeiture count, under which the federal government is seeking $1 million from Leman and the companies.
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Joe A. Jarrell, one of Leman's attorneys, said Leman planned to plead not guilty to the new charges.
Leman and his companies allegedly were part of one of the largest interstate pill-pipeline cases uncovered in Eastern Kentucky in recent years.
Scores of people from Floyd and Pike counties went to Urgent Care clinics in Philadelphia and Cincinnati from late 2004 to mid-2008 to get pain pills that they abused and sold in Kentucky, according to the indictment and other court records.
Authorities have said the clinics' objective was to generate cash, not treat people.
Doctors did little or no examinations before writing prescriptions for methadone, Percocet and other pills for addicts and drug traffickers from Kentucky, according to an affidavit from Randy Hunter, a state police detective who investigated the clinics as part of a federal task force.
When police searched the Urgent Care office in Philadelphia in 2007, officers found that more than 100 people had traveled there from the Floyd County area to get prescriptions, according to court records.
Randy Weiss, a doctor who worked at the Urgent Care office in Philadelphia; Lloyd Stanley Naramore, a doctor who worked at the company's office in Cincinnati; and Cincinnati pharmacist Thomas Stark pleaded guilty in related cases to improperly writing or filling prescriptions to people from Kentucky.
In addition, Stephen M. Lyon of Louisiana, the former chief financial officer of Urgent Care, and Tonia Snook, who helped manage the office in Philadelphia, have pleaded guilty.