Chantilly Pain Clinic Owner Sentenced on Drug Charges

Paul Boccone, 56, has been sentenced to 180 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for turning his Chantilly-based pain clinic into a haven for drug addicts, servicing thousands of customers traveling hundreds of miles to illegally obtain large amounts of oxycodone and other prescription pain medicine.

Charles Brown, Jr., 52, the lead nurse practitioner at Chantilly Specialists, was also sentenced to 60 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for his role in distributing oxycodone.

Boccone was convicted on August 3, 2012, of conspiring to distribute and distributing oxycodone, health care fraud, and payroll tax evasion. According to court records and evidence at trial, Boccone was the owner and president of Chantilly Specialists, a pain management clinic in Chantilly.

Lacking any medical education, qualifications, or licensing, Boccone hired medical professionals with no background or specialized training in pain management. He treated patients and prescribed narcotics by directing medical practitioners to endorse prescriptions that he wrote.

Four deaths

Over the course of the conspiracy, evidence showed that at least four Chantilly Specialists patients died of overdoses related to the drugs they obtained from the practice. Brown, at Buccone’s direction, altered one of the patient’s files after Chantilly Specialists learned of that patient’s death.

Evidence showed that Brown provided 600 customers more than 800,000 oxycodone-based pills, including 14,400 to a single addict.

This case was investigated by the FBI Washington Field Office; IRS-Criminal Investigation; and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General, with assistance from the Fairfax County Police Department.

Assistant United States Attorney Michael P. Ben’Ary and Special Assistant United States Attorney and Virginia Assistant Attorney General Marc J. Birnbaum are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

 

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