Judge sentences two Eastern Kentucky pain clinic owners to prison

The former owners of an Eastern Kentucky pain clinic are going to federal prison for illegally dispensing more than 50,000 pills, prosecutors said Friday.

Tammy Cantrell, 51, of Oil Springs and Shelby Lackey, 52, of Williamsport owned and operated Care More Pain Management LLC in Johnson County. According to their plea agreements, they conspired with two doctors to sell prescription pain pills to people without a legitimate medical purpose from 2008 to 2012. Neither Cantrell nor Lackey have medical certification or nursing experience, prosecutors said.

U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar sentenced Cantrell to 108 months in prison and Lackey to 97 months. Cantrell, Lackey and a third defendant in the case have forfeited $1.12 million as proceeds from the conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey said in a statement.

In June 2013, Dr. Richard Albert was sentenced to 75 months in prison for his role in the case, Harvey said. Dr. Rano Bofill pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge earlier this year and awaits sentencing.

According to court records, the doctors spent little to no time examining patients before they wrote long-term prescriptions for pain pills, such as Percocet. Patients paid the doctors from $185 to $200 in cash for each visit; one doctor said he saw up to 50 patients daily. The patients filled the prescriptions at Care More Pain Management, which paid the doctors as much as $8,500 a week for their services, according to court records.