Owner of Addiction Treatment Centers Indicted on Medicaid Fraud, Drug Trafficking Charges

The Scioto Post | Jeremy Newman

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced today that an owner of three addiction treatment centers in southern Ohio has been indicted on 34 felony charges, including Medicaid fraud, drug trafficking and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

The indictment filed today in the Lawrence County Court of Common Pleas accuses Paul Vernier of overbilling for Medicaid services and illegally operating a dispensary for the addiction treatment drug Suboxone. Vernier ran two facilities in Portsmouth and another in Ironton, all under the name Community Counseling and Treatment Services. All three facilities have since closed.

“The evidence will show that this guy abused the trust of hurting people who were looking for help and that he played the rest of us – who pay the bills – for fools,” Yost said. “Time for some accountability.”

The indictment is the culmination of a multi-agency investigation by Yost’s Special Prosecutions Section and Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy and the State Medical Board.

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