PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — The founder and former operator of Timberline Four Seasons Resort in Tucker County is one of more than a dozen people facing indictments alleging illegally prescribing drugs to hundreds of patients and operating “pill mills” in the Philadelphia area.
United States Attorney William M. McSwain of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced two indictments charging 14 people with a multitude of crimes, including conspiracy to dispense and distribute controlled substances outside the course of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose, per release.
Dr. Frederick Reichle, 83, of Warrington, Pennsylvania, is among 13 indicted with crimes in connection with their employment at Advanced Urgent Care (AUC), according to a press release. Each defendant is charged with maintaining a drug-involved premises.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the indictment alleges that in exchange for an $80 to $140 office fee, members of the public were offered “pain management” by AUC doctors and physician’s assistants. Pain management typically involved obtaining a prescription for opioid painkillers.
The indictment also alleges that AUC medical providers unlawfully prescribed controlled substances, such as opioid painkillers, on a daily basis from January 2014 through August 2017. According to the indictment, at least 3,678 illegal prescriptions were issued by AUC’s doctors and physician’s assistants, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Reichle faces a second indictment along with one other doctor on charges of conspiracy to distribute and dispense oxycodone, outside the usual course of practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose. Per the release, as alleged in the indictment, another doctor hired Reichle to write oxycodone prescriptions for pain management patients after the other doctor’s Pennsylvania medical license was suspended in April 2017. The doctors would charge patients a fee to obtain oxycodone prescriptions, written by Reichle, that were not medically necessary, according to a press release.
Timberline Four Seasons Resort has recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, according to the resort’s website. The resort has been in the headlines recently as on January 31 an administrative law judge issued an order recommending the state Public Service Commission seek court action in Tucker County to place the resort’s utility company, Timberline Four Seasons Utilities, into receivership.
The resort’s current operator was arrested in December and charged with 12 counts of failure to pay hotel-motel taxes.
Read more on the charges Reichle on the U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s website.