Court date set for alleged pill mill attorney

January 25, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

A court date has been set for a Columbus attorney who represented several former Scioto County pain clinics. U.S. Court, Southern District in Cincinnati listed on it’s docket Thursday, a notice of hearing for Steven E. Hillman, 67, of Dublin, Ohio, charged with money laundering, in connection with a case titled: U.S.A. Vs. Bias et al.

Hillman is scheduled for an arraignment hearing on Jan. 30, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 5 before Judge Stephanie K. Bowman.

A federal grand jury indicted Hillman, alleging that he conspired with the owner of three pain clinics in Ohio, Tracy Bias, to illegally divert prescription drugs outside the scope of legitimate medical practice and launder proceeds of the conspiracy.

The indictment alleges that Hillman conspired with Bias, 47, of West Portsmouth, in an attempt to open Physicians Pharmacy in Piketon in order to service prescriptions for illegal distribution of controlled substances issued by the pain clinics owned and controlled by Bias and others. The indictment charges that Hillman helped Bias launder $132,920 in cash from the activities of the conspiracy in July of 2010.

Bias and six doctors were initially indicted in April 2012 in a 12-count indictment alleging that they operated three pill mills in southern Ohio between January 2009 and June 2011. The pill mills were Southern Ohio Complete Pain Management and Portsmouth Medical Solutions in Portsmouth, and Trinity Medical Care in Columbus.

The indictment says customers allegedly traveled hundreds of miles to the clinics in central and southern Ohio where, for a cash payment of approximately $200 per office visit and with little or no physical examination, clinic customers would receive excessive amounts of “cocktails” of controlled substances including diazepam, hydrocodone, oxycodone and alprazalam.

Named in the indictment, in addition to Hillman and Bias, are Joon H. Chong; John A Halhsten; Marcellus Jajuan Gilreath; Stephen L. Pierce; Jaqmes E. Lassiter and Mark R. Fantauzzi (who pled guilty to a charge of conspiracy to illegally distribute controlled substances, Wednesday).

Count 12 of that indictment reads, “Upon conviction of the offenses set forth in Counts 1 through 12 of this indictment, the defendants, Tracy Bias, Mark R. Fangtauzzi, Marcellus Jajuan Gilreath, James E. Lassiter, and Steven Hillman, shall forfeit to the United States…any property constituting, or derived from, any proceeds obtained, directly or indirectly, as a result of said violations; and any property used, or intended to be used, in any manner or part, to commit, or to facilitate the commission of the said violations, including but not limited to a money judgement of at least $6,750,000 in U.S. currency, which represents the proceeds the defendants obtained, directly or indirectly, as a result of the offense for which they are charged.”

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or flewis@civitasmedia.com.