January 31, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
Columbus attorney Steven Hillman, 56, who is best known in this area for representing several former pain clinics, and who was recently indicted on money laundering charges, has had his first day in court.
Hillman appeared before Magistrate Judge Stephanie K. Bowman, in United States Southern District of Ohio Court Wednesday afternoon, and was arraigned on eight counts. The reading was waived, and Hillman entered not guilty pleas on all counts. The case is now scheduled for the court of Judge Michael Barrett, and according to Hillman, his trial is set for June 10, 2013.
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. Hillman was recently added to some of the counts in the case titled U.S. vs. Bias et al, including a possible money judgment of at least $6,750,000.
Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.