The U.S. District Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, Mike Stuart, announced on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 a new indictment has been issued against the owners of the HOPE Clinic. The superseding indictment includes 29 charges of distributing and dispensing controlled substances outside the usual course of professional practice. That brings the total charges against the owners, managers and physicians to 98.
“The additional 29 charges were necessary as a result of the facts underlying this terrible case,” said Stuart. “A physician’s first oath is to ‘do no harm,’ but sadly when physicians do not uphold this oath, a lot of irrevocable harm is done.”
The latest charges also include conspiracy against all of the defendants. Additional charges of maintaining drug-involved premises in Beckley, Beaver and Charleston were returned against Dr. James Blume and Mark Radcliffe.
The investigation was conducted by the following agencies:
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, OIG
- Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations
- Food and Drug Administration – Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI)
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Drug Enforcement Administration
- West Virginia State Police
- Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT)
- Beckley Police Department
- Kentucky State Police
- Harrison County (KY) Sheriff’s Department
- Appalachia HIDTA
If convicted on all charges as alleged in the indictment, Dr. Blume and Mark Radcliffe face up to 100 years; Joshua Radcliffe faces up to 60 years; Teresa Emerson faces up to 20 years; Michael Moran faces up to 80 years; Sanjay Mehta faces a forty year mandatory minimum sentence up to life imprisonment; Vernon Stanley faces up to 300 years; Brian Gullett faces up to 380 years; Mark Clarkson faces up to 100 years; William Earley faces up to 300 years; Paul Burke faces up to 200 years; and Roswell Tempest Lowry faces up to 140 years.