DEA raids medical office in Muncie amid allegations of over prescribing painkillers

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Dr. William Hedrick (Mugshot from December 2013 arrest)

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MUNCIE, Ind. (Oct. 5, 2014)– The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is currently serving a search warrant at a medical office in Muncie.

The DEA’s state search warrant is being served at the medical office of Dr. William Hedrick. The Centers for Pain Relief clinic is located at 3301 W. Fox Ridge Lane, about a half mile from the Ball State University campus.

Dr. Hendrick is accused of over prescribing painkillers to patients as well as possible forgery and fraud. No one was arrested and no criminal charges have been filed in the ongoing investigation.

The warrant search is part of an ongoing investigation of Dr. Hedrick, who operates Centers for Pain Relief clinics at 11 other locations in northern Indiana.  The Muncie location opened in July 2013 and is the 12th such clinic.

The Attorney General’s Office filed a petition with the Indiana Medical Licensing Board Monday seeking a summary suspension of Dr. Hedrick’s license to practice, alleging Hedrick represents “a clear and immediate danger to the public health and safety.”

The warrant application notes eight drug overdose deaths of patients who received prescriptions from either Dr. Hedrick or one of his nurse practitioners from January 2013 through July 2014.  Those factors were grounds for authorities to request a search warrant to obtain and review various records from the Muncie clinic.

The DEA, Muncie Police, and Delaware Co. Prosecutor’s Office are involved in the raid.

In December 2013, Hedrick was arrested on a charge of interfering with jury service, a Class B misdemeanor. This was during the trial of former Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer David Bisard.

Members of the public who have information to report about the medical office can contact the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at 1-800-382-1039.

Pictures below were sent to FOX59 from a source close to Dr. Hendrick:

 

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