CINCINNATI - The former owner of a pain clinic in Chillicothe was sentenced Monday for his role in the operation of a pill mill.
Kevin Huff, 36, of Portsmouth, was sentenced to 22 years in prison for giving people prescription drugs in exchange for money at Primary Health Care in Chillicothe.
"This case should serve as an example of just how serious we are about stopping those who are involved in overprescribing prescription medication," said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. "People are regularly overdosing 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."
Huff pleaded guilty in June 2012 to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone pills in excess of 200,000 dosage units and money laundering, according to a release. The clinic was shut down in June 2011.
Upon investigation authorities found Huff and other physicians would give patients prescription drugs in exchange for $200. Officials say up to 25 prescriptions were distributed per day.
"Between July 2009 and June 2011 Huff conspired to illegally distribute oxycodone and concealed the proceeds gained from the clinic he owned by purchasing real property, vehicles, and boats, as well as concealing the proceeds in bank accounts," U.S. Attorney Stewart said in a release.
The Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation, 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 contributed to the investigation.
The investigation remains ongoing and additional charges could be filed at a later date, officials say.
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