In a corporative effort between state and local law enforcement officers the last pain clinic in Scioto County, Greater Medical Advance in Wheelersburg was shutdown on Tuesday, December 20th. Attorney General Mike DeWine was on hand and called the closing of the clinic a major victory.
"This is a major victory, but, the war is still on. We won this battle today and we shut the last pill mill down in Scioto County," DeWine said.
He said there have been a focus on Scioto County and its prescription drug problem.
"This community has woken up to this problem a number of months ago. Groups like SOLACE have taken their grief and turned it into something very positive, in trying to save other families."
The Attorney General's office states there were 14,000 prescriptions for narcotics came out of Greater Medical Advance in nine months. The clinic was only open 36 hours a week and had only one doctor.
A Scioto County Grand Jury has indicted Dr. Victor Andrei Georgescu and Mr. George Marshall Adkins on four counts each: Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1st Degree Felony), Conspiracy to engage in corrupt activity (2nd Degree Felony), Funding drug trafficking (1st Degree Felony) and Permitting drug abuse (5th Degree Felony).
According to the Attorney Generals office, all counts against both Georgescu and Adkins include a major drug offender specification. In addition, the first three counts against Adkins include a firearms specification.
In addition, two other people face charges. Tammy Newman, a former owner and current employee of Greater Medical Advance, is charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (1st Degree Felony), conspiracy to engage in corrupt activity (2nd Degree Felony), and funding drug trafficking (1st Degree Felony). Newman's charges also bring a major drug offender specification. Melissa Veach, an employee of Greater Medical Advance, faces one charge of aggravated drug possession (3rd Degree Felony).
The Attorney Generals office stated the investigation that lead to the closure of Greater Medical Advance took 30 months and involved the Ohio Attorney General's office (Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Special Prosecutions Unit), the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy, Board of Pharmacy compliance agent Kevin "Joe" Kinneer, Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini, and Scioto County Prosecutor Mark E. Kuhn.
"We will continue to fight against illegal drug dealing in pain clinics and prescription drug destruction of families. Our work, unfortunately, is not over," DeWine said.