ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Paul Boccone, 56, was sentenced today 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 today to 60 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for his role in distributing oxycodone.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, Attorney General of Virginia; James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; Richard A. Raven, Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Office of IRS-Criminal Investigation; and Nick DiGuilio, Special Agent in Charge for the Inspector General’s Office of the United States Department of Health and Human Services in Philadelphia, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Claude M. Hilton.
Boccone was convicted on Aug. 3, 2012, of conspiring to distribute and distributing oxycodone, healthcare 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, Va. 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.
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.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.