CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Federal prosecutors want a local doctor to forfeit more than $88,000 seized when her Mingo County pain clinic was raided.
Mountain Medical Care Center, previously known as the Williamson Wellness Center, was raided in March of this year as the result of an investigation into prescriptions for narcotics issued by the physicians at the clinic.
The physicians who practiced at the clinic were Katherine Hoover, William Ryckman and J. Victorio Teleron.
Dr. Katherine Hoover says she'll fight the attempt to confiscate the money. She also continues to argue that the Mountain Medical Care Center was illegally targeted.
No one has been charged criminally since investigators shut down the clinic. But U.S. District Court filings allege it operated as a pill mill. Prosecutors cite the high volume of pain drug prescriptions issued there under Hoover's name.
From December 2002 until January 25, 2010, Dr, Hoover was the number one prescriber of controlled substances in West Virginia based upon prescriptions filled under her DEA number as reported by pharmacies in West Virginia. Since December 2002, 355,132 prescriptions for controlled substances were issued under her DEA number. However, this figure does not include prescriptions filled in Kentucky.
Hoover denies any wrongdoing.
She was served with the forfeiture warrant late last month in the Bahamas, where she has been since the raid. The $88,029 was seized from a bank account and her Williamson apartment.