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Medical Follow Benefiting from Over-Prescribing Opioids to Victims

An Easley-based mostly ache therapy clinic with workplaces throughout the Upstate is on the middle of three lately unsealed federal lawsuits that allege the practices prescribed opioids to sufferers that did not want them and defrauded the federal authorities.

The clinic, Ache Administration Associates, has places of work in Anderson, Greenville, Easley, Spartanburg, Columbia, Florence, Myrtle Seaside, Sumter, and Arden and Waynesville, North Carolina, following its web site. It is named in all three of the civil fits, whereas its alias Oaktree Medical Centre and proprietor Daniel McCollum are listed as defendants in two of the circumstances.

Former workers of the practices filed every one of the fits. The U.S. Division of Justice joined all three of the lawsuits as a plaintiff on March 1, and the instances had been partially unsealed on March 4.

One other of the fits, filed by former staff Donna Rauch, Muriel Calhoun and Brandy Knight in April 2015, alleges that physicians on the clinics had been compensated once they referred sufferers to companies affiliated with the following and its proprietor, Daniel McCollum and that they did so “repeatedly and recurrently.”

The FBI raided Ache Administration Associates’ workplaces in Easley, Greenville, and Spartanburg this previous October. The U.S. Division of Justice didn’t reply to an inquiry from The Greenville Information over whether or not that raid was linked to the lawsuits, that are civil instances.

Federal brokers seized affected person information, lab outcomes, billing paperwork, docs orders, laptops, and shredded paperwork, amongst different gadgets, in keeping with national courtroom data.