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One case left from medical clinic raid
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Just one case remains in the Ameri-Care Walk-in Clinic drug scandal which saw one law enforcement officer and two medical professionals go to jail for drug fraud.
The most recent sentence by Special Judge Timothy Easter came in the case of Michael S. Boyle. He was given an 11-month, 29-day probationary sentence and must pay $750 plus court costs. He was sentenced on two counts of his 13-count indictment for solicitation to obtain drugs. The remaining counts were dismissed due to his plea bargain.
Another case, this one against Susan Ramia on four counts of fraudulently obtaining drugs, was dismissed due to lack of evidence.
The sole remaining case is against the manager of the clinic, Faith Cook, 55, whose case is set for Feb. 2.
The raid of the clinic, located on S. Chancery Street, happened nearly three years ago after lawmen learned drugs were being trafficked there by medical assistant Marcus Northcutt, who got a five-year sentence.
An undercover investigation caught physician’s assistant Justin Turner illegally writing prescriptions to patients, some of whom were lawmen, on the agreement they would return part of their pills to him to feed his drug addiction. Turner was sentenced to serve 180 days of a nine-year sentence but was allowed to keep his medical license.
One officer, former McMinnville policeman Daniel Clayton, had to serve 60 days of a two-year sentence, while former policeman Cam Conry got a six-year judicial diversion.
Former sheriff’s deputy David Siebers was granted a pre-trial diversion, meaning no action was taken. Former policeman Larry Pedigo Jr., was found not guilty during trial. All the officers either resigned or were fired when the allegations surfaced.
Boyle was accused of fraudulently getting oxycontin from the clinic. He maintained he had been prescribed the pain killer due to a back injury.