FBI investigating three local cancer clinics

Posted at 12:22 PM, Feb 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-23 18:26:17-05

BATAVIA, Ohio -- The FBI and Ohio Attorney General's Office are investigating three local cancer clinics, an FBI spokesman said Tuesday.

The cancer clinics in Clermont, Adams and Scioto counties are under investigation for an undisclosed "sealed, federal matter," according to FBI public affairs specialist Todd Lindgren.

The Ohio Attorney General's Office said their Medicaid fraud control unit participated in a search warrant at the clinics Tuesday, but could not discuss the case further.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said they could not provide any information on the investigation.

Lindgren said the centers may be reopened Wednesday.

Viewers called WCPO and said they were turned away from the clinic due to the investigation. There were no signs or notice outside the center at the time of this report.

Susan Tedeschi said Tuesday she picks up lab samples at the center every day, but had no idea why the center was closed.

"They’re wonderful people," she said. "I know nothing about this."

The Clermont County Cancer Center is one of the three under investigation. The center held its "grand opening" Oct. 9, 2015, as reported by the Clermont Sun. Now-CEO Payal Patel said she wanted to open the center because many Clermont County cancer patients were traveling to Adams County for treatment.

The center also houses the only Elekta Versa HD machine in the Cincinnati area, according to the Clermont Sun story. The center's slogan is "advanced technology with a personal touch."

WCPO will update this story as more information is made available.