Lebanon doctor sentenced on drug distribution charges

(WVVA) A Lebanon, Virginia doctor was sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison for illegally prescribing drugs to patients.

Dr. Dwight L. Bailey, 66, was convicted on 61 charges following a two-week trial back in August. Prosecutors said Bailey and other providers at the Family Healthcare Associates of Southwest VA and Ridgewood Health Care Clinic wrote prescriptions for opiates, benzodiazepines, and sleeping pills to patients who were clearly abusing the drugs or selling them to others.

“Dr. Bailey’s scheme to illegally prescribe opioids and other narcotics violated his patients’ trust and preyed on their addiction for his own financial gain.” First Assistant  U.S. Attorney Daniel Bubar said. “His lengthy sentence should send a strong message that our office and our federal and state partners will work tirelessly to prosecute those in healthcare who perpetuate the opioid epidemic by illegally diverting medication to harm their patients and damage the community.”

Bubar made $750,000 in a single year from work at his clinic and a local emergency room.

The investigation was handled by the Virginia Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Virginia State Police.

Read the full media release below:

Dr. Dwight L. Bailey was Convicted of 61 Counts Including Drug Conspiracy

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA – A medical doctor who previously practiced in Lebanon, Va. was sentenced today to serve 151 months in federal prison following convictions on federal drug and healthcare fraud charges. First Assistant United States Attorney Daniel P. Bubar and the Office of the Virginia Attorney General made the announcement.

Dr. Dwight L. Bailey, 66, was convicted of 61 federal charges following a two-week jury trial in August of 2018. Evidence presented at trial proved that Bailey, who operated Family Healthcare Associates of Southwest VA and Ridgewood Health Care Clinic, illegally prescribed drugs to his patients.

“Dr. Bailey’s scheme to illegally prescribe opioids and other narcotics violated his patients’ trust and preyed on their addiction for his own financial gain.” First Assistant Bubar said today. “His lengthy sentence should send a strong message that our office and our federal and state partners will work tirelessly to prosecute those in healthcare who perpetuate the opioid epidemic by illegally diverting medication to harm their patients and damage the community.”

Additional evidence showed that Baily, and other providers in his office, continually wrote prescriptions for opiates, benzodiazepines, and sleeping pills to patients who were clearly misusing, abusing, and diverting those controlled substances. Most of the patients at Bailey’s clinic were receiving an opiate and/or a benzodiazepine. Bailey’s income from his clinic and work at local emergency room topped $750,000 in a single year.

Bailey was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute schedule II controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose, one count of conspiracy to distribute schedule III controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose, one count of conspiracy to distribute schedule IV controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose, 24 counts of distribution of schedule II controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose, three count of distribution of schedule III controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose, 32 counts of distribution of a schedule IV controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose, and one count of maintaining a place for the purpose of distributing controlled substances.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Virginia Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Virginia State Police. The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorneys/Virginia Attorneys General Janine Myatt and Nicole S. Terry and Assistant United States Attorney Randy Ramseyer prosecuted the case for the United States.

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