The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 19, 2013

Ex-pain clinic manager sentenced to prison

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON — The former office manager of a Mingo County pain clinic was sentenced Wednesday to six months behind bars for conspiring to misuse a physician’s U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration registration number.

Myra Miller had pleaded guilty in March. U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver in Charleston gave her the maximum possible sentence, saying her sentence needed to reflect the severity of the crime.

Prosecutors say Miller was involved in a conspiracy to sell narcotic prescriptions to people who didn’t need them.

“Mountain Medical was a pill mill,” Copenhaver said. “It is helpful that much of that has been cleared up.”

As part of her plea deal, Miller already has agreed to forfeit her interest in the clinic building and an adjoining office as well as $475,000 in assets seized at the time of the raid. Most of that amount reflects cash found in her Kentucky home.

As part of her sentence, Miller was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine within 30 days and will be under supervised release for one year. She will report to prison Nov. 1.

Court records say Miller used the registration number of Dr. William Ryckman, a physician at the Mountain Medical Care Center in Williamson.