Hazard Physician and Wife Sentenced for Drug Trafficking, Money Laundering

A Hazard, Ky physician and his wife have been sentenced to 180 months in prison and 80 months in prison, respectively, following federal convictions on multiple charges relating to the unlawful distribution of prescription opioids, health care fraud, and money laundering. On Thursday, September 28, US District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove sentenced Dr. James Chaney, 52, and his wife, Lesa Chaney, 51, to their convictions. In April 2016, Dr. Chaney was convicted by a federal jury of conspiracy to commit drug trafficking, 62 counts of illegal distribution of controlled substances, and maintaining a premise for drug distribution, along with money laundering. Lesa Chaney, President and CEO of Ace Clinique of Medicine LLC, was convicted by the same jury. Evidence presented at trial indicated that patients would wait to see a health care provider at Ace Clinique upwards of eight hours each month, before a short exam. The Chaneys would bill Medicare for examination that falsely indicated a thorough physical examination occurred. The two billed Medicare and Medicaid for nearly $88 million from 2006 to 2014, and received more than $21 million.


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