Pain clinic doctor sentenced

Published 10:07 am Thursday, March 3, 2016

Received three years probation, fine

The doctor of a former Ironton pain clinic was sentenced Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Adam Hall, 42, of Powell, pleaded guilty in late January to an amended indictment of fifth-degree possession of criminal tools and fourth degree attempted tampering with evidence.

Multiple drug trafficking and possession charges were dismissed, as well as charges of practicing osteopathy without a certificate and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

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Hall was accused of operating Pinnacle Wellness and Longevity Center LLC, on South Third Street, as a pill mill from March 2007 to March 2013. The business was raided in March 2013 after search warrants were issued to seize patient records and other information.

Melissa Schiffel, prosecutor representing the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, made no recommendation as to sentencing.

Hall’s attorney, Ronald Chapman, of Chapman Law Group, asked for a sentence of 18 months community control sanctions and said the “collateral consequences” facing his client would be severe.

Of those consequences, Chapman said Hall, whose Ohio medical license was suspended during the case, is not likely to be reinstated, and he would be required to report his convictions to Florida and Missouri, where he also holds medical licenses.

Hall will also likely have his DEA registration revoked, which would allow him to prescribe prescription drugs, Chapman said. The convictions would also be reported to the National Practitioners Databank, which would impact any future employment opportunities.

Before sentencing, Hall spoke briefly and became emotional.

“This has been a very stressful time and I sincerely apologize for my actions,” he said. Hall said he hoped to one day return to practicing medicine to be able to help people.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced Hall to three years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation and $7,500 in fines.

If Hall violates his probation, he could be sent to prison for up to 17 months.

Chapman Law Group had this to say in a press release: “The attorney general dismissed all charges relating to the operation of the clinic. Dr. Hall pled guilty to charges unrelated to his practice of medicine. We are pleased that Judge Charles Cooper sentenced Dr. Hall to probation. Dr. Hall is relieved to put this behind him and looks forward to reestablishing his licensure with the medical board.”

Related to this case, a former employee of the clinic, who was charged in the multiple count indictment, will be sentenced next week.

Kevin Bowers, 45, of Lancaster, pleaded guilty last month to an amended indictment of fourth-degree engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and fifth degree of practicing osteopathy without a certificate.