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January 18, 2014

Attorney general probing health center in 31 deaths

Deceased had been patients of Dr. Frank Campbell

ANDERSON — The Indiana Attorney General's office is investigating the deaths of 31 people as part of a probe of the Madison County Community Health Center, according to documents obtained by The Herald Bulletin.

The 31 people had been patients of Dr. Frank Campbell, the former medical director of the health center, 1547 Ohio Ave., according to a court affidavit obtained by the newspaper.

Twenty-three of the patients had lived in Madison County, and the others lived in central Indiana counties including Delaware, Hamilton, Marion and Tipton counties. Their ages ranged between 22 and 58. All of the deaths were drug-related and occurred from 2009 to 2013.

The affidavit was filed last year by Indiana's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in Madison Circuit Court 1. Based on the affidavit, the state obtained a search warrant in September and retrieved Campbell's records from the health center and its satellite offices in Elwood and Alexandria.

The Herald Bulletin requested the court documents under Indiana's open records law. The newspaper received the documents last week.

According to the affidavit, Campbell's name was on 45,895 prescriptions written between Jan. 1, 2009, and March 11, 2013. During that time, he prescribed 3,664,879 pills for 3,553 patients.

The state is investigating whether Campbell defrauded Medicaid. The state's fraud unit investigator, Damon Grove, wrote, "I strongly suspect that he is requiring his patients to submit to unnecessary office visits and, possibly, unnecessary procedures."

Grove, who has been with the fraud unit for 10 years, also wrote "that since January 1, 2009, 31 of Dr. Campbell's patients who had been receiving controlled substances from him died from drug-related deaths."

Grove wrote, "Some of those patients may not have seen Dr. Campbell for some time before their deaths."

The Herald Bulletin attempted to reach families of the deceased. Six families said their deceased relatives had been treated at the health center, although some said the patients had also visited other clinics or physicians.

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