Federal jury weighs Hillman case

By Frank Lewis

July 31, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Dublin, Ohio, attorney Steven Hillman’s fate is in the hands of a federal jury. According to a Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman, Judge Michael L. Barrett gave the case to the jury Wednesday morning, and they began deliberating immediately.

Hillman is charged with conspiracy to distribute and dispense controlled substances and money laundering in connection with several pain clinics in the area including Southern Ohio Complete Pain Management, located at 1219 Findlay St., in Portsmouth, and Portsmouth Medical Solutions, 1405 11th St., Portsmouth, owned and operated by Tracy Bias and Bart Journey, each of which pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

The defense presented only one witness, Hillman himself, in their segment of the trial, and closing arguments were made on Tuesday. Barrett reportedly actually charged the jury on Tuesday, but chose to start fresh with deliberations on Wednesday morning.

The charge against Hillman reads in part, “knowing the types of activities that were going on within the businesses, Hillman borrowed or was given $132,920 at 18 percent interest that was to be used to open a pharmacy, known as Physician’s Pharmacy, in Piketon, Ohio.” Though the pharmacy never opened, the building still bears the name of the pharmacy. The case goes on to say Hillman was paid $10,000 a month on retainer from Bias and Journey. And it says Hillman received $75,000 from Bias in addition to the other money.

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