Man charged with neglecting, stealing from vulnerable adult sentenced to 15 years in federal prison

November 19, 2012|By DON AINES |

A Boonsboro man indicted in October by a Washington County grand jury on charges of physically neglecting and stealing from a vulnerable adult was recently sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for health care fraud and drug distribution convictions.

Paul P. Boccone, 56, of 19310 Manor Church Road, was sentenced Nov. 9 in Alexandria, Va., by U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Boccone, the former owner and operator of Chantilly Specialists, a Chantilly, Va., pain-management clinic, was convicted in August of conspiring to distribute and distributing oxycodone, health care fraud and payroll tax evasion, the release said.

Boccone was accused of turning the clinic “into a haven for drug addicts, servicing thousands of customers traveling hundreds of miles to illegally obtain large amounts of oxycodone and other pain medications,” the release stated.

The lead nurse practitioner at Chantilly Specialists, Charles Brown Jr., 52, was sentenced to five years in prison, the release said.

Boccone was indicted Oct. 19 in Washington County 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’s case is scheduled for a motions hearing in Circuit Court on Jan. 14, 2013, with another hearing scheduled for Feb. 4, court records said.

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