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Chantilly pain clinic owner to serve 15 years for illegal drug distribution

The owner of a Chantilly pain clinic and its lead nurse practitioner were sentenced today on charges ranging from illegal distribution of drugs to health care fraud.

Paul Boccone, 56, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Boccone turned 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.”

The lead nurse practitioner, Charles Brown Jr., 51, was sentenced to five years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for his role in distributing oxycodone.

Both men were convicted Aug. 3.

Boccone was convicted of conspiring to distribute and distribution of oxycodone, health care fraud and payroll tax evasion, for his role as the owner and president of Chantilly Specialists. Brown was convicted of conspiring to distribute and distribution of oxycodone.

Boccone had operated his pain clinic since 2005 in Chantilly, first on Parke Long Court and then on 4200 Lafayette Center Drive, only miles from the Loudoun County line.

At least four people died of overdoses related to drugs they obtained from the practice, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Brown, at Buccone’s direction, altered one of the patient’s files after Chantilly Specialists learned of that patient’s death, authorities said.

Evidence at the trial showed Boccone, lacking any medical education, qualifications or licensing, hired professionals with no background or specialized training in pain management. He treated patients and prescribed narcotics by directing medical practitioners to endorse prescriptions he wrote.

Authorities said Brown provided 600 customers more than 800,000 oxycodone-based pills, including 14,400 to a single addict.

The case was investigated by the FBI Washington Field Office; IRS-Criminal Investigation; and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General, with assistance from the Fairfax County Police Department.

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