It's the first case of its kind in our area. The owner of two out-of-state pain clinics has been found guilty of illegally distributing hundreds of thousands of prescription pills to Eastern Kentuckians.
A jury convicted Michael Leman of money laundering and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey says Leman ran two separate pain clinics, one in Cincinnati, the other in Philadelphia, and together they distributed Oxycodone and methadone to hundreds of Eastern Kentuckians. Harvey says nine out of every ten patients getting pills from Leman's clinics were from Pike and Floyd County.
"It's really just drug trafficking. It's pushing drugs illegally just as somebody would on a street corner expect the conduct is really more egregious because people like Mr. Leman hide behind the facade of a quote health care clinic," said Harvey.
Leman could face up to 20 years in prison. Sentencing for Leman is set for August.
There were more than 30 people convicted in relation to Leman's case.