Radecki Drug Distribution Trial On April Docket

RADECKI-ThomasCLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Former doctor Thomas Radecki is scheduled to go on trial in Clarion County in April for alleged illegal distribution of controlled substances.

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced the arrest of Radecki in August 2013 following a grand jury investigation into his distribution and prescribing practices. Radecki was a psychiatrist who operated four offices/Suboxone maintenance clinics in Clarion, Venango, McKean, and Clearfield counties. Suboxone maintenance programs are commonly developed for and treat patients who are addicted to opiates.

Trial dates have been scheduled between April 11 and 29 by Clarion County Judge James G. Arner. The Office of the Attorney General will prosecute the case and local attorney Jack Troese represents Radecki.

A series of pre-trial motions and appeals was cited as reasons for the delay by the AG Office is ready to got to trial.

Court documents say law enforcement agencies began an investigation in the spring of 2011 of Radecki’s prescribing, dispensing and billing practices.

Documents contend the investigation revealed Radecki, a psychiatrist, operated four office and/or Suboxone maintenance programs, including one in Clarion Borough.

Suboxone is used to treat addiction to heroin and other opiates.

Court documents contend the investigation revealed Radecki had sexual relationships with multiple patients and inappropriate physical contact with other patients.

On June 29, 2012, agents of the state attorney general’s office, state police and the Clarion County Narcotics Enforcement Team executed a search warrant at Radecki’s office in Clarion.

Search warrants also were executed at Radecki’s other offices in DuBois, Kane and Seneca and at his private residence in Clarion.

Court documents contend Radecki hired 13 “visiting” or “consulting” physicians between 2010 and 2012 to work at his four clinics.

Those physicians typically worked one day each month and were paid between $275 and $300 per hour.

Documents say the physicians told investigators they never received any training from Radecki for addiction treatment.

The doctors also told investigators they never received a list of their 30 to 100 patients; patients were “swapped” between Radecki and the doctors; and the patients more than 1,000 were actually Radecki’s patients and that Radecki failed to inform the doctors of the medications the patients were receiving that might have conflicted with Suboxone.

Radecki talks about his practice in 2012 before his practices were closed and the arrests made in this radio interview with Ron Wilshire:

 

 

 


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