Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Feds Seize $2.8M in Pain Clinic Case; Authorities Took Assets from the Owner and Three Physicians

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Feds Seize $2.8M in Pain Clinic Case; Authorities Took Assets from the Owner and Three Physicians

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Byline: PAUL PINKHAM

Legal or not, the Jacksonville pain clinics raided by authorities in July were profitable ventures, if recently filed federal forfeiture documents are any indication.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents seized $2.8 million, the majority of it from clinic owner Zachary T. Rose, prosecutors said in requesting a deadline extension to obtain an indictment or file a forfeiture complaint.

The DEA also seized assets from three physicians: Thomas V. Holland, Elio Madan and Marc Tafflin. They were associated with either Duval Wellness Center at 48th and Main streets, First Coast Pain and Urgent Care on Normandy Boulevard or their predecessor, Jacksonville Pain and Urgent Care on Cassat Avenue.

Authorities shut down Duval Wellness and First Coast Pain in July after months of oxycodone sales to droves of out-of-state patients capitalizing on Florida's lax prescription drug laws.

A Times-Union investigation in September found numerous vehicles in the clinic parking lots from Kentucky and other states, where police said dealers sent addicts to Florida to pick up prescriptions, paid them in pills and sold the rest at vastly inflated prices throughout Appalachia.

An Ohio man, Krystopher Legg, is charged in Jacksonville with contributing to the oxycodone overdose death of a man who was among two dozen people Legg brought to Florida by the vanload to buy painkillers at Duval Wellness. Legg is awaiting extradition to Jacksonville.

Rose, 26, denied to the Times-Union in September that he owned the raided clinics, but police reports show he identified himself as the owner of Jacksonville Pain. A sign at that clinic when it closed last March directed clients to Duval Wellness.

On paper, 78-year-old Lake City osteopath Donald Hall was listed as the owner of the raided clinics, but none of the recent forfeiture documents mention him. …

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