Created on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 Written by EXAMINER STAFF and Wire reports
CINCINNATI — Officials say the former owner of an Ohio "pill mill" has been sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison.
A federal judge in Cincinnati sentenced 36-year-old Kevin Huff of Portsmouth, in southern Ohio, to 262 months in prison for his role in the illegal distribution of oxycodone and other drugs from a pain clinic he owned in Chillicothe.
Huff pleaded guilty in June 2012 to one count of conspiracy to distribute more than 200,000 oxycodone pills, and one count of money laundering.
He was the owner of a clinic called Primary Health Care until authorities closed it in June 2011.
"Between July 2009 and June 2011 Huff conspired to illegally distribute Oxycodone and concealed the proceeds gained from the clinic he owned by purchasing real property, vehicles, and boats, as well as concealing the proceeds in bank accounts," U.S. Attorney Carter Stewart said.
Prosecutors said the clinic charged people $200 for prescriptions. They said Huff, as the owner, received payments of between $5,000 and $8,000, three times a month. Physicians would write approximately 25 prescriptions per day.
The investigation into others at the clinic remains open, and additional charges could be filed at a later date.