State, federal investigators targeting pill mills
More details when warrants unsealed
INDIANAPOLIS - State and federal regulators are cracking down on medical professionals who are over-prescribing medications.
Two clinics in two counties were in the middle of separate investigations.
Dr. Jeffery Boone turned off the lights and never answered his door during a raid of his practice Tuesday evening.
Investigators with the state's Medical Fraud Unit and federal agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration removed several boxes from his office.
The Call 6 Investigators have learned that Boone is being targeted for over-prescribing pills to his patients.
"I know two to four people that have gone to Dr. Boone, picked up prescriptions to do whatever they want to do," neighbor Denny Wariner said.
The raid in Hamilton County came a few hours after a similar crackdown at a clinic in Connersville in Fayette County.
The Call 6 investigators have learned that since January 2012, 15 medical professionals have been accused of being involved in so-called pill mills.
Last March, a state complaint said the Wagoner Medical Center caused several deaths by over-prescribing pain medication.
In the past three years, Doctor Kamal Tiwari lost his medical license. State records said he contributed to the death of a man after prescribing nearly 2,000 painkillers over six months.
Phillip Foley could request his revoked license back in 2017. Regulators said his over-prescription led to nine patient deaths.
In 2007, Mohamed Mekaway gave up his license after he wrote 1,500 illegal prescriptions in 43 states, including Indiana.
Tuesday's raid in Noblesville caught the attention of many people on the corner of 10th and North streets.
Several neighbors said they were not surprised.
“He's well-known in Noblesville,” neighbor Tammy Barger said. “For giving out any pills you want.”
Boone was not arrested, but when the search warrants are unsealed, regulators might take action.
He did not respond to the Call 6 Investigators on Wednesday.
Investigators asked anyone who visited the clinic to call the Attorney General's Medical Fraud Control Unit at 718-9975.
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