Mr Boccone owned Chantilly Specialists, a pain management clinic in Chantilly Va. Indicted on 28 criminal counts for activities occurring over a six-year period from 2005 until 2011, he was convicted in August, 2012 of conspiracy to distribute and distributing oxycodone, health care fraud and payroll tax evasion. This, again, is an example of the government going after the money. As usual, the press stressed the sensationalism. For example, mentioning that 4 out of hundreds of patients treated at this clinic had died. Well, that’s really not a bad percentage considering. In fact, it is a pretty good percentage and does not reflect bad management.
was convicted in August, 2012 of conspiracy to distribute and distributing oxycodone, health care fraud and payroll tax evasion. This, again, is an example of the government going after the money. As usual, the press stressed the sensationalism. For example, mentioning that 4 out of hundreds of patients treated at this clinic had died. Well, that’s really not a bad percentage considering. In fact, it is a pretty good percentage and does not reflect bad management.
The press also indicated that Mr. Boccone passed himself off as a physician, with titles of articles like: Fake doctor gets 15 years for dealing oxycodone. According to the article, Mr. Boccone “hired medical professionals with no background in pain management to endorse prescriptions for the pain killers to addicts.” He was sentenced November 9, 2012 to 180 months (15 years) in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for “turning his Chantilly-based pain clinic into a haven for drug addicts, servicing thousands of customers traveling hundreds of miles to illegally obtain large amounts of oxycodone and other prescription pain medicine.”
Now here is the problem with the case as publicized per my experience.
- Going after the owner of the clinic shows again, that the government is primarily interested in gleaning the financial benefit of forfeiture of property. This shows that the primary concern of the government is grabbing property and using the CSA as the ticket to do so.
- Stating that Mr. Boccone passed himself off as a physician in the clinic, making him susceptible to the CSA. Problems with this are:
- There was a doctor in the clinic—Joel W. Match, MD. Mr. Boccone didn’t have to pass himself off as one.
- There was a nurse practitioner in the clinic. All nurse practitioners have to be registered under the supervision of a physician to practice in Virginia. So again, Mr. Boccone could not have been registered as such.
- A person working in a medical clinic doesn’t wear a big sign stating their purpose. Patients often assume someone is a physician simply because they have authority in the clinic. Also, nurse practitioners are often called “Doctor” by patients. That is because there is no short title for them. The nurse practitioners in my office had to go by their first names, which is very unprofessional for them. If a patient said “Dr. ___”, then it would be the responsibility of the provider to correct them. Sometimes that just isn’t done for time’s sake. But it doesn’t mean that the provider is committing an illegal act.
- The prosecution stated that Mr. Boccone forged scripts. Why would he have to do that? He had a doctor on the premises. I believe that is just propaganda put forth by the prosecution without hard evidence. And any testimony by other office help was probably perjured under threat of prosecution.
Mr. Boccone, age 60 as of March 19, 2016, Federal Register number 79443-083 is currently located at FCI Fort Dix, Federal Correctional Institution, P.O. Box 2000, Fort Dix NJ, 8640 with a projected release date of 12/11/2025.
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