Danville doctor, associates indicted on drug fraud charge

October 07, 2004|TODD KLEFFMAN

A Danville doctor and two women associated with his office have been indicted by a Boyle County grand jury on multiple counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

Dr. Todd Lackney, an osteopathic internist whose office is at 321 S. Third St., is charged with four counts of obtaining prescription drugs by fraud for allegedly helping the women obtain Loritab and Tussionex. Loritab, a pain killer, and cough suppressant Tussionex both contain the narcotic hydrocodone.

Lackney, 42, of 664 Seminole Trail, declined to comment today, referring questions to attorney Hadden Dean. Dean could not be reached this morning.

Commonwealth's Attorney Richard Bottoms also could not be reached for comment today.

Joanie Smith, 42, address unavailable, who works in Lackney's office, is charged with six counts of obtaining drugs by fraud. According to the indictment, Smith received two prescriptions each for Loritab, Tussionex and the diet drug phentermine "when she misrepresented her need for the drug or knowingly withheld information."


Judy Wallace, 41, of 849 Hilltop Road, who used to work in Lackney's office, was indicted on four counts of obtaining Loritab, Tussionex and Phentermine by fraud. Wallace also "misrepresented her need for the drug or knowingly withheld information," according to the indictment.

The incidents alleged in the indictments of Lackney, Smith and Wallace occurred in November and December 2003, and in February and March of this year.

Chris Johnson, an investigator with the Kentucky Drug Enforcement branch of the state Inspector General's office in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, testified before the grand jury in the cases.

Obtaining a controlled substance by fraud is a Class D felony. A conviction carries a penalty of one to five years in jail.

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