Paintsville pain clinic closed permanently

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A Johnson County pain clinic that was raided last week is shut down for good.
Paintsville city officials revoked the business license for Caremore Medical Management. The doctor working there also surrendered his Kentucky Medical License.

After federal and local officials raided the office and seized records last week at the Caremore Medical building, Paintsville Mayor Bob Porter revoked its city business license with an order calling it a public nuisance.

"It was very much a public nuisance," said Paintsville Police officer Steve Sluss.

"Several problems with intoxicated people being at or around the clinic parking lot," said Det. Jon Eperson.

The city executive order states, "due to the presence of criminal activity in and around the building located at 420 Teays Branch and the likelihood of crimes being committed by one or more persons involved with the business, we therefore, declare Caremore Medical to be a public nuisance in the area of Teays Branch and do hereby revoke its license to do business in the city of Paintsville and declare that the Business Permit which was issued on January 20, 2012, be and is declared null and void."

"That was a major source of people getting pills to use, abuse, or sell," said Det. Eperson.

WYMT talked to business owner Tammy Cantrell. She said she would not fight the city revoking the business license but did not want to comment. She said they are shutting down for good.

"Now that they're not in operation, we're going to see a lot less crime, we're hoping, a lot less people in the city," said Kenneth Prater, Paintsville Police Officer.

Officials with the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure say the doctor, Dr. Rano S. Bofill, M.D., surrendered his medical license on January 19th, just a few days before the raid.

"I think that's one big step," said Sluss.

State records from the Medical Licensure Board show Dr. Bofill told the DEA investigators he saw 20 to 25 patients per day but said he did not see all patients who received prescriptions.
He stated he was not comfortable with the amount of prescriptions being issued.

Paintsville police say the investigation into the business is still ongoing. The case is expected to be presented to a federal grand jury.

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