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Boonsboro man indicted on charges of abusing, stealing from vulnerable adult

October 25, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
  • Paul P. Boccone
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A Boonsboro man awaiting sentencing on federal drug-trafficking and fraud charges has been indicted by a Washington County grand jury on charges of abusing and stealing from a vulnerable adult.

Paul P. Boccone, 56, of 19310 Manor Church Road, was indicted Oct. 19 on two counts of obtaining property from a vulnerable adult in excess of $500 and one count of neglect of a vulnerable adult resulting in physical injury. The charges are felonies, according to circuit court records.

The two obtaining property offenses occurred between April 1 and May 31, 2011, according to the indictment. The physical neglect offense relates to an incident or incidents that occurred between March 22 and June 30, 2012, the indictment said.

The victim is the same in all three charges. The indictment states it is a woman for whom Boccone had permanent care and power of attorney, the indictment said.

In February, Washington County Adult Protective Services received a complaint that Boccone neglected the medical payments and basic needs of what a Washington County Sheriff’s Office press release described as an elderly female. The sheriff’s office investigated the allegations and allege Boccone was using the woman’s money for his personal use, the release said.

The woman was removed from Boccone’s care, the sheriff’s office said. Boccone was being held in the Washington County Detention Center without bond.

Boccone’s initial circuit court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 8, one day before he is scheduled to be sentenced on federal charges in Virginia.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia issued a press release in August stating that Boccone had been convicted of distribution and conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, along with healthcare fraud and payroll tax evasion.

Though he was not a licensed medical practitioner, Boccone was the owner and president of Chantilly Specialists, a pain management clinic in Chantilly, Va., according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Boccone prescribed narcotics either by forging the signatures of medical practitioners or getting practitioners to endorse prescriptions he wrote, the release said.

Boccone faces up to 350 years in prison for his convictions, the release said. A lead nurse practitioner with the clinic, Charles Brown Jr., faces up to 160 years in prison, it said.

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