Jury finds La. businessman guilty in pill trial

BRETT BARROUQUERE Associated Press Published:

A Louisiana businessman and two of his pain management clinics have been found guilty of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to launder money.

The federal jury in Lexington returned the verdict Tuesday in the case of 46-year-old Michael D. Leman, who owns the Urgent Care Services clinics.

No sentencing date was immediately set for Leman and the Urgent Care Services clinics in Cincinnati and Philadelphia.

An indictment says Leman conspired with several of his employees to prescribe methadone and oxycodone to bogus patients who were working with drug dealers to distribute them in eastern Kentucky. Authorities say runners would travel five to 16 hours from Kentucky to clinics in Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio to pick up prescriptions for drugs that would be sold.