Judge Orders Middle Georgia Family Rehab to Pay $9.6 Million in Damages for Submitting Hundreds of Fraudulent TRICARE/Medicaid Claims
An indictment is only an allegation of criminal conduct. All of the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt.
Charles E. Peeler, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announces that Dr. Thomas H. Sachy, age 54, Maureen Sachy, age 79, and Evelyne Ennis, age 51, of Gray, Georgia, and Brandy Hamilton (Birchfield), age 39, of Macon, Georgia are charged with Conspiracy to Distribute and Dispense Controlled Substances. Specifically, the defendants are accused of unlawfully dispensing and distributing Schedule II and Schedule IV controlled substance outside the usual course of professional practice and for no legitimate medical purpose. If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum sentence of twenty (20) years in prison, a $1,000,000.00 fine, or both.
Dr. Thomas Sachy is also charged with two counts of Unlawful Dispensation and Distribution of Controlled Substances Resulting in Death and Serious Bodily Injury. If convicted, he faces up to a maximum sentence of life in prison, a $1,000,000.00 fine, or both. Additionally, Dr. Thomas Sachy and Maureen Sachy are also charged with Maintaining a Drug Involved Premises, specifically, the Georgia Pain and Behavioral Medicine clinic located at 247 Lana Drive in Gray, Jones County, Georgia, as well as a Money Laundering Conspiracy. If convicted of either of those charges, Thomas and Maureen Sachy would each face up to twenty (20) years in prison, a $500,000.00 fine, or both.
“Dispensing opioids beyond what is medically necessary is not only unlawful, but has greatly contributed to what has been termed an opioid epidemic in our country. Our office will vigorously prosecute those who engage in this conduct, including, where appropriate, medical professionals,” stated United States Attorney Peeler.
This case is part of a National Health Care Fraud and Opioid Takedown announced by the Department of Justice on June 28, 2018. This case was investigated by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Tactical Diversion Squad-Atlanta Division Office, with assistance from the DEA Macon Regional Office, Department of Justice’s Document and Media Exploitation Program, Georgia Bureau of Investigation-Division of Forensic Services, Georgia Drug and Narcotic Agency, and the Georgia Department of Community Supervision. The case is being prosecuted on behalf of the United States by Assistant U.S. Attorney C. Shanelle Booker.
If you have any information related to this case or to any pharmaceutical drug abuse, please call the DEA Pharmaceutical Abuse Hotline at 1-877-RxAbuse or 1-877-792-2873. Questions concerning this release should be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603.
DEA Tactical Diversion Squad-Atlanta Division Office has contacted the following medical centers and treatment programs in the Middle Georgia area who are now accepting patients in need of legitimate medical treatment:
Surrounding Area Pain Centers
Surrounding Narcotic Treatment Programs for Patients in Withdrawal