More charges expected in Fayette methadone clinic 'pill mill' case
More charges may be coming for the director of a Fayette County methadone clinic indicted in January for allegedly operating a “pill mill,” according to federal court filings.
An attorney for Rosalind Sugarmann, 64, of Allison Park wrote in a motion filed Monday that a grand jury could hand down a superseding indictment related to the alleged illegal distribution of prescription pain pills and Suboxone, which is used to treat opiate addiction.
Sugarmann and cardiologist Dominic W. Dileo, 67, of Uniontown were indicted in January on 237 counts of conspiring to operate as a “pill mill” since 2013. Federal and local agents raided Addiction Specialists Inc. in the Mountain View Plaza on Route 51 in North Union in the fall.
Afterward, the state Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs directed the clinic's clients to seek treatment at other licensed facilities.
In a filing seeking an extension to file pretrial motions in Sugarmann's case, attorney Efrem Grail wrote that the prosecutor has indicated he is expecting the superseding indictment to be handed down “fairly soon.”
“Assistant U.S. Attorney (Shawn) Sweeney confirmed on March 21 ... that he believed ‘it would be a waste of everyone's time and resources to start litigating pretrial motions at this point ...' in light of the pending superseding indictments,” Grail wrote in the motion.
Judge Nora Barry Fischer granted the motion and gave Grail until May 12 to file pretrial motions.
The current indictment alleges that Dileo “did knowingly, intentionally and unlawfully dispense and distribute and cause to be dispensed and distributed, as aided and abetted by Rosalind Sugarmann, a quantity of ... Suboxone ... outside the usual course of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose.”
Sugarmann and Dileo are charged with a combined 38 counts of unlawfully distributing Suboxone between March 17 and Nov. 24, 2015; 194 counts of unlawfully dispensing and distributing Suboxone between January 2013 and July 2015; and a count of conspiracy.
Dileo also is charged with four counts of conspiracy to unlawfully distribute Xanax between January 2013 and November 2015.
Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.