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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Kentucky

Friday, April 17, 2015

Owner of Pain Clinics in Florida and Georgia Admits to Conspiracy to Distribute Prescription Drugs to Kentuckians

LONDON — The owner of two out-of-state pain clinics, that unlawfully distributed hundreds of thousands of prescription pills to thousands of Kentuckians, has pleaded guilty to drug charges in federal court.

On Tuesday, Joel Shumrak, 67, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and alprazolam, and to laundering money. Shumrak has agreed to serve a prison term of 168 months, pending the Court’s approval. Shumrak has also agreed to forfeit approximately $7 million in proceeds from the conspiracy. He will be formally sentenced on August 4, 2015.

According to his plea agreement, from June 2008 until May 2014, hundreds of Kentuckians, from Clay, Laurel, Rockcastle, Pulaski, Floyd, Knox, Bell, Pike, Jefferson, Whitley, Madison, Montgomery, Fayette, Magoffin and other Kentucky Counties, visited Shumrak’s clinics in Tucker, Ga., and Broward, Fla., on a weekly basis, to unlawfully obtain prescription pills without a legitimate medical need. Shumrak admitted that these patients received little to no physical examinations before obtaining the drugs, and that many of the Kentucky patients distributed the drugs upon their return to Kentucky.

Kerry B. Harvey, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Joseph Reagan, Special Agent in Charge, DEA, Detroit Field Division; A.D. Wright, Acting Special Agent in Charge, DEA, Miami Field Division; and Daniel Salter, Special Agent in Charge, DEA, Atlanta Field Division, jointly made the announcement.

The investigation was conducted by the DEA in Kentucky, Georgia, Florida and Ohio. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sam Dotson prosecuted this case on behalf of the federal government.

Drug Trafficking
Updated April 17, 2015