Friday, July 25, 2014

DEA And Hamilton/Boone Drug Task Force Announce Nine Arrests In "Cash And Carry" Prescription Drug Fraud Investigation

Three licensed medical doctors and six individuals working for them, including a Noblesville attorney, have been arrested and charged with multiple felony counts for operating what investigators describe as a "cash and carry" prescription drug fraud operation at several medical clinics in Central Indiana. Today's arrests were part of a multi-agency investigation conducted by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and the Hamilton/Boone Drug Task Force. The clinics at the center of the investigation were owned by Noblesville physician, Dr. Larry Ley, which operated in Carmel, Centerville, Kokomo, Muncie, Noblesville and Richmond under the names Drug Opiate & Recovery Network ("DORN") and Living Life Clean.

Dr. Ley's operations allegedly allowed patients to receive prescriptions for Suboxone, a synthetic heroine substitute used to treat persons with drug addictions. According to the formal charges laid out in a 90-page probable cause affidavit, Dr. Ley wrote between 8,500 and close to 10,000 prescriptions annually to more than 1,500 patients he saw over the past three years without actually conducting a medical examination or evaluation of the patients. Patients lined up during certain times of operation where non-medical personnel handed pre-signed prescriptions to patients after they made payments in cash for the prescriptions. Ley's "cash and carry" business brought in over $700,000 annually according to investigators.Those formally charged in the investigation today include the following:

Dr. Larry Ley
  • Larry J. Ley, M.D., Noblesville (29D01-1407-FB-006027); 
  • George Agapios, M.D., Fishers (29D01-1407-FB-006028); 
  • Ronald Vierk, M.D., Richmond (29D01-1407-FB-006029);
  • Derek Tislow, Avon (29D01-1407-FB-006030); 
  • Cassy Bratcher, Carmel (29D01-1407-FB-006031);
  • Andrew Dollard, Carmel (29D01-1407-FB-006032);
  • Eric W. Ley, Noblesville (29D01-1407-FB-006033) (not yet in custody);
  • Yvonne S. Morgan, Eaton, Ohio (29D01-1407-FB-006034); and 
  • Jessica Callahan, Muncie (29D01-1407-FB-006035). 
According to today's announcement, several other individuals were also arrested but not formally charged, including Dr. Luellla Bangura, Joseph Mackey and Felicia Reid. Dr. Ley faces 11 criminal counts according to the indictment for 11 counts of conspiracy to commit dealing in a Schedule III controlled substance, a Class B felony, and one count for corrupt business influence, a Class C felony.

Andrew Dollard
The charges against Noblesville criminal defense attorney Andrew Dollard include two counts for conspiracy to commit dealing in Schedule III controlled substance and one count for corrupt business influence. According to the allegations, Dollard would assist in dispensing prescriptions to patients of Dr. Ley at the clinic in Noblesville, along with another man, Derek Tislow, and actually worked to promote Dr. Ley's practice. Dollard lives in a luxury Carmel home valued at nearly a half million dollars which he purchased from Dr. Ley according to the affidavit for a fraction of that amount. Dollard ran unsuccessfully as a Republican candidate this year for a Hamilton Co. council seat with the backing of some big-named Hamilton Co. Republicans, including Commissioner Steve Dillinger and prominent Carmel attorney John D. Proffitt. He lost his primary race to Fred Glynn. The 40-year old Dollard worked as a probation officer in Hamilton County before becoming a licensed attorney in 2010. Interestingly, not a single reporter asked officials who announced today's charges a question about whether Colts owner Jim Irsay had ever received prescriptions from Dr. Ley. That would be interesting to know, don't you think?

You can read today's press announcement, charging information and probable cause affidavit by clicking here.

UPDATE: It turns out that there is another doctor in Noblesville whose photo appears when you search  the name Dr. Larry Ley in Noblesville, who is listed as practicing as a urologist. The doctor whose image appears is NOT in any way connected to this investigation. A big thank you to the reader who pointed out the unfortunate confusion between the two Noblesville physicians created by today's announcement.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Its just a little Peyton Place and you’re all Hamilton County hypocrites. Whether Jim Irsay received drugs from, or thru Dr. Ley is the question of the day on this day where the Colts and the Attorney General stand up against prescription drugs in a very self serving photo op. When Indianapolis residents are arrested and jailed for small possession, their lives ruined by their inability to get employment after felony convictions, the big question is whether Irsay and these Hamilton County doctors, lawyers and “medical professionals” will also receive felony convictions. Or whether actual jail time is reserved for the lower classes of the city while the Carmelites walk free, because the last time I checked, Jim Irsay was not in jail, had not been charged with a crime, and for all practical purposes is a free man despite his obvious criminal conduct and arrest. Do we have real prosecutors in Hamilton County? Or does money just make all that go away? Attorney General Greg Zoeller seems to care so much about prescription drug abuse. What pearls of wisdom does he have to offer on the topic of Carmel doctors pushing illegal prescriptions for profit while Carmel lawyers protect their asses and Carmel wives throw dinner parties where everybody’s high. I want to know when Jim Irsay is going to be charged with a crime, and I don’t mean dealt a sweet deal after dumping a car seat of money on Voyles to get him a sweet plea. And again, Zoeller can just take his hypocritical little photo op and cram it right up his ass. Most Hoosiers have just had all they can stomach of him.

Anonymous said...

Dollard ran for County Council in both 2012 & 2016, losing both races.
He was also heavily supported by Hamilton County GOP chairman Pete Emigh, Superior Court 5 Judge Rick Campbell (for whom he also works!), and the Firefighters' Union/Tony Murray!

Anonymous said...

Dr. Ley IS a board certified urologist...it's the same person. He just no longer PRACTICES as a urologist.

Anonymous said...

Check the PLA site to see if there is more than one physician with the exact same name and practice type. Just sayin'

Gary R. Welsh said...

There was another doctor whose image was appearing on the Internet when you searched Dr. Ley's name. I was contacted by someone involved in the investigation who said that Dr. Ley was not the Asian doctor associated with that name. What I've since figured out is that the image of another doctor by a different name was showing up when you searched Dr. Ley. So there actually wasn't two different doctors by the same name. Thanks for the correction.

MikeC said...

Irsay isn't in jail or charged probably because he is helping law enforcement with all this.

Gary R. Welsh said...

According to a law enforcement source, Ley was only prescribing Suboxone. If that's the case, then Irsay wasn't getting his drugs prescribed by him.

Anonymous said...

Court 5 is Wayne Sturnevant. Court 4 is Campbell. Andrew Dollard is a public defender in court 4. He is a good lawyer.

Anonymous said...

Dr Ley has been a POS for a long time. He has Mommy issues and I firmly believe like a bird that tosses the weak from the nest so the others can survive so did his mother. Andrew Dollard is just a junkie that got caught up in the money. Neither of them have morals or respect for women, society or common decency. Ley is a sick man and won't live through the year. Dollard will run and hide. This story is all but over.

Carl Jackson said...

I was a Patient of Dr. Ley's at his former Dorn Clinic in Bloomington Indiana. I have something to say. I have degenerative back disease, spondylosis, and a degenerating hip. I originally came to the program because Doctors pushed pain killers (opiates) on me. I left the program and came back a few years later as my Bloomington Indiana based free Health Care Clinic told me they could not give me pain meds and I should try the Dorn Clinic for pain management. I seen a Doctor every visit, and because of insurance drug tested, as well as seen 5 staff in the building during visits. The issue everyone is the fact 1500 people from the doors opening to doors closing on Saturdays was standing in line getting Price Gouged. Paying for that Suite in a city that every experience I have had so far probably looked at that clinic as a eye sore to its uppity snobby like Arts District. Don't get me wrong some if not a few of the patients as well as addicts were probably less "Good" for Carmel and its upper elite. So it politically had to be removed. Doctors there as well as nurses at times were rude, money was rung out of Patients hand, but you know it happens right here in Bloomington. The medicine does not affect the body for pain. A ER doctor told me that earlier this year, after I told him I was prescribed it for pain. In closing Carmel Politics wanted it out of The Arts District. The government wants a easier way to raise the price of the drug as well as strict guidelines, and in the end Doctors and staff who end of seeing green greed will commonly through the laws out the window. Money speaks, and people forget the true need of patients, that actually need the meds because they want a life free of codeine, and the fact suboxone was cheaper then 8 lortabs a day...you do the government and pharmacy math, they seen the Dorn Clinic and wanted to break the cash cow.

Carl Jackson said...

I was a Patient of Dr. Ley's at his former Dorn Clinic in Bloomington Indiana. I have something to say. I have degenerative back disease, spondylosis, and a degenerating hip. I originally came to the program because Doctors pushed pain killers (opiates) on me. I left the program and came back a few years later as my Bloomington Indiana based free Health Care Clinic told me they could not give me pain meds and I should try the Dorn Clinic for pain management. I seen a Doctor every visit, and because of insurance drug tested, as well as seen 5 staff in the building during visits. The issue everyone is the fact 1500 people from the doors opening to doors closing on Saturdays was standing in line getting Price Gouged. Paying for that Suite in a city that every experience I have had so far probably looked at that clinic as a eye sore to its uppity snobby like Arts District. Don't get me wrong some if not a few of the patients as well as addicts were probably less "Good" for Carmel and its upper elite. So it politically had to be removed. Doctors there as well as nurses at times were rude, money was rung out of Patients hand, but you know it happens right here in Bloomington. The medicine does not affect the body for pain. A ER doctor told me that earlier this year, after I told him I was prescribed it for pain. In closing Carmel Politics wanted it out of The Arts District. The government wants a easier way to raise the price of the drug as well as strict guidelines, and in the end Doctors and staff who end of seeing green greed will commonly through the laws out the window. Money speaks, and people forget the true need of patients, that actually need the meds because they want a life free of codeine, and the fact suboxone was cheaper then 8 lortabs a day...you do the government and pharmacy math, they seen the Dorn Clinic and wanted to break the cash cow.

Anonymous said...

I was a Patient of Dr. Ley's at his former Dorn Clinic in Bloomington Indiana. I have something to say. I have degenerative back disease, spondylosis, and a degenerating hip. I originally came to the program because Doctors pushed pain killers (opiates) on me. I left the program and came back a few years later as my Bloomington Indiana based free Health Care Clinic told me they could not give me pain meds and I should try the Dorn Clinic for pain management. I seen a Doctor every visit, and because of insurance drug tested, as well as seen 5 staff in the building during visits. The issue everyone is the fact 1500 people from the doors opening to doors closing on Saturdays was standing in line getting Price Gouged. Paying for that Suite in a city that every experience I have had so far probably looked at that clinic as a eye sore to its uppity snobby like Arts District. Don't get me wrong some if not a few of the patients as well as addicts were probably less "Good" for Carmel and its upper elite. So it politically had to be removed. Doctors there as well as nurses at times were rude, money was rung out of Patients hand, but you know it happens right here in Bloomington. The medicine does not affect the body for pain. A ER doctor told me that earlier this year, after I told him I was prescribed it for pain. In closing Carmel Politics wanted it out of The Arts District. The government wants a easier way to raise the price of the drug as well as strict guidelines, and in the end Doctors and staff who end of seeing green greed will commonly through the laws out the window. Money speaks, and people forget the true need of patients, that actually need the meds because they want a life free of codeine, and the fact suboxone was cheaper then 8 lortabs a day...you do the government and pharmacy math, they seen the Dorn Clinic and wanted to break the cash cow.

Anonymous said...

I just want to know who is going to help the patients he was seeing that actually want help who have families and jobs and now are going to be in serious pain without the medication which will make it impossible to work. And suboxone withdrawel can last for months.

Anonymous said...

Of course, nothing investigated or charged here concerns a real crime.

It's a shame we waste so much money on cops, prosecutors and judge who do nothing to stop crime, wasting taxpayer money on meaningless efforts such as this.

Gary R. Welsh said...

I disagree, anon. 2:12. A physician recklessly exercising his script-writing privileges can be very dangerous to the well-being of his patients. When you add to that fact that he prescribed only one drug, operated on a cash and carry basis, would accept no insurance and relied on non-medical personnel to perform most of his work without supervision, there is great cause for concern that business came before the medical well-being of the patients. I've never been sold on the medical efficacy of a doctor prescribing any medication with addictive qualities to wean a patient from his or her addiction to another drug. The Nazis invented methadone and Eli Lilly brought it to commercial use in the U.S. About 5,000 people a year die from overdosing on methadone while supposedly trying to wean themselves from opiate addiction. Perhaps they should be prosecuting the pharmaceutical companies which recklessly invent these synthetic drugs for profit-making purposes without a care in the world about how much harm they inflict on patients who are foolishly prescribed their useless drugs.

Anonymous said...

All patients are being directed to call the Indianapolis office of the D.E.A. This was the response of Monroe County Library, it was backed in agreiance when I contacted the office of Advance America Blog's. I was told to look to have to leave my name and phone number so a agent could contact me about the matter. What will happen in a couple of days to two weeks they will access your level in telegram then reading you to a new doctor. Since we all are dealing with a $300 dollar start up a fifthy dollar drug exam, and $120 "program participation monthly fee then the doctor we are reassigned to should honor his new patients former price gouching. But we have seen the Devastating this will cause new start fees, longer drive, etc etc.. In closing good luck to all former patients because if you were like me legitimate patient for pain then its going to be a long road to proven it. msnagment

Anonymous said...

Who are we supposed to contact? And are they actually going to help us find a new doctor because I was supposed to go Friday to get my prescription and I am out of my meds and about to start some serious pain from withdrawels. I became an addicted to pain killers several years ago after a surgery I had and was prescribed painkillers. I just want to be drug free like I used to be. I can not go through the withdrawels because I have to keep my job for my family and there is no way I can work while withdraweling. I called all the doctors I could find that prescribe suboxone and couldnt find one excepting new patients. Idk what to do. So do you know who to call and are they actually going to help or do they just want to say they are going to help to get more interviews about the clinics practice?

Anonymous said...

I was a patient of Dr. Ley and this whole thing makes me sick. Lets call it what it is and quit with the headlines. They should say..DEA gets Dr's who were not giving uncle Sam his cut! That is all this is! I went from hopeless to changing my whole world around in 5 months on Suboxone. I was doing it the right way. If the DEA reallh cared about helping citizens, they would have called me and other patients already and helped them find another Dr. but they have not. They wanted the money and thats it! The law created this problem in the first place. We are facing an epidemic concerning opiate addiction and Dr.'s are only allowed to treat 100 people with Suboxone at a time. Why do you think Ley had so many patients?? Because we had no other choice! I make no excuses for my poor life choices but it hurts to have a life again with Suboxone, only to have it ripped away again. So, don't expect me to celebrate the big bust by the DEA because it actually is going to hurt a whole bunch of families.

Anonymous said...

I completely agree. I was a patient of Dr. Leys too, and I have loved having my life back. I tried calling other doctors when I was ready to get help and either I had to put my name on a 6 month waiting list or their waiting lists were so long they werent even excepting any more names to add to it. Until I finally called DORN and I got in within a week for my first visit. Now Idk what to do. I can not work or take care of my kids while I am withdrawaling. I dont want to relapse but I dont want to not be able to move or end up in a hospital again because I cant eat or drink anything cause I am so sick. I tried it the hard way one time and after 9 days I was in the hospital with IV in my arm due to dehydration. I wish the dea could see how much they are hurting people who just want to live normal lives again. I pray for all of his patients and hope they get the help they need because no one should have to ever go through that pain. They keep saying flu like symptoms. Trust and believe I would rather have the flu anyday then go through withdrawals. And unless you have been there you have no clue how painful it is.

Anonymous said...

Kolbe center has a few slots for patients I think. They are comprehensive center focused on couseling and the actual well being of their patients. Dr. Margkiotta is phenomenal and eric is a wonderful counselor. They both have a very strong understanding of subixone

Subs saved my life said...

Kolbe center is full along with 60 other doctors I have called. I'm so sick. I have lost my job. I have no money. I'm not eating. I'm a month away from living under the bridge or at the mission. Thanks dea for causing so many issues for the patients. Did you think about us. I got my life back and you took it away. I guess you think we should go to a methadone clinic daily having are dosages upped regularly getting so high you can't even drive home. Where is the help in finding dr.ley's patients doctors... Thanks for nothing but pain and suffering.

Anonymous said...

The best an most caring Dr. In Hamilton County.is DR.J BOONE HE WASN'T LIKE THE OTHER DR.THIS MAN WOULD TAKE AS MUCH TIME AS HIS PATIENTS NEED, HE WAS MY DR.FOR OVER 30YRS.&THE WAY HAMILTON CO.HAS TREATED THIS MAN IS SO WRONG. YOU HAVE PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO IS GOING TO DO &TAKE WHATEVER DRUG THEY WANT &KILL THEMSELVES. BUTIF YOU KNEW .DR.BOONE HE WAS PART OF YOUR FAMILY HE CARED FOR HIS PATIENTS LIKE THAT.I'M VERY SICK THERE WASN'T NOT ONE OF THESE SO CALLED DR. IN HAMILTON CO.& RIVERVIEW HOSPITAL COULD TAKE CARE OF ME SO THEY SENT ME DOWNTOWN INDY THE SO CALLED BEST NOW I'M WORST THEN BEFORE. DR.BOONE TOLD ME JUST WHAT I NEEDED DONE&HOW RIGHT HE WAS..I WAS AT HIS OFFICE A LOT THAT MAN DIDN'T DO WHAT WAS PUT IN THE PAPER&ON THE NEWS, I KNOW FIRST HAND I WAS THERE. SO MANY PEOPLE WOULD COME TO HIS OFFICE AN CALL ON THE PHONE WANTING MEDS FROM OTHER STATES . HE WOULD TELL THEM TO GO TO A DR.OR HOSPITAL WHERE THEY WERE. THIS MAN WAS TRULY SENT FROM GOD.HE GAVE SO MUCH TO HIS PATIENTS THAT WAS IN NEED. PLEASE HURRY UP IN BRING THE SMARTEST & THE BEST DR.J.BOONE D.O BACK TOO ALL THE PEOPLE THAT NEED&TRUST HIM. HE WAS MY DR.FROM 19YRS TO 51 THANK YOU DR.BOONE YOUR IN MY PRAYERS &A LOT OF OTHER good PATIENTS PRAYERS.GODS LOVE&LIGHT IS WITH YOU