Ralph B. DavisManaging Editor
August 17, 2012
PIKEVILLE — The husband-and-wife owners of an Auxier pain clinic and the doctors they employed stand accused of conspiring to unlawfully dispense prescription drugs, in a federal indictment made public last week.
Ray Douglas Stapleton, 34, and his wife, Tina Marie Stapleton, 33, owners of Auto Accident and Health Care, in Auxier, were charged with unlawfully dispensing prescription drugs. According to the indictment, the Stapletons conspired with Dr. Stephen C. Arny and Dr. Emmanual Galang Acosta to distribute oxycodone, hydrocodone and Xanax, yielding them $1.5 million between July 2010 and this past June.
The Stapletons are also accused of using the clinic as a front to unlawfully distribute controlled substances.
In addition, Roy Stapleton faces three counts possessing oxycodone, hydrocodone and Xanax with the intent to distribute them.
The indictment also seeks for the four defendants to forfeit over $1.3 million that federal authorities seized from them.
The charges related to oxycodone carry sentences of up to 20 years in prison and $1 million in fines. The hydrocodone counts could result in penalties of up to 10 years and $500,000, while the Xanax charge could bring five years and $250,000 each. The clinic charge carries a separate 20-year, $500,000 potential sentence.