LONDON—A former employee of the Ace Clinique of Medicine in Hazard has recanted her original testimony to a federal grand jury, admitting that she lied on the stand about tampering with drug screenings during her time working at the clinic.
According to documents from the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, a plea agreement was filed last week for Amanda Lynn Dunn, a former nurse’s aide and laboratory worker at the Ace Clinique of Medicine.
While employed at the Clinique, Dunn was responsible for processing urine drug screens, according to the agreement.
“At the direction of James Alvin (‘Ace’) Chaney, M.D., Dunn began falsifying the results of the urine drug screenings … to either reflect the presence of controlled substances that had been prescribed or the absence of controlled or illegal substances that had not been prescribed (to the patient),” the agreement reads.
In January, Dunn had come before the federal grand jury in London to testify about her time at the Clinique. During that testimony, the agreement reads, she falsely denied having ever altered a screening.
“Dunn agreed to assist James Alvin Chaney, M.D., and Lesa L. Chaney in their scheme to defraud, and lied to the grand jury about her actions because she feared losing her job if she disclosed the scheme by answering the questions honestly,” the document continues.
The Chaneys and the Clinique were indicted in Oct. 2014, and in May 2015 with a 269 count superseding indictment, on charges of conspiracy to distribute schedule II and III controlled substances, distribution and unlawful dispensation of schedule II and III controlled substances, operating a drug involved premises, Medicare and Medicaid fraud, and and leaving signed prescription pads at the Clinique for non-physicians to fill out.
Dunn pleaded guilty last Monday to making false declarations before a grand jury or court. According to the agreement, she could face up to five years in jail, up to $250,000 in fines, and a term of supervised release of up to three years.
Dunn is the second former employee of the Clinique to plead guilty since Chaney was indicted.
The Herald previously reported that Greg Hoskins, a former physician’s assistant that had been indicted alongside the Chaneys, admitted that he and others filled out pre-signed prescriptions for Chaney’s patients at the Clinique.
A motion to continue Chaney’s trial, previously set for Aug. 11, 2015, was granted on Monday.
Amelia Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.