Pain clinic operator, Tenn. doctor get lengthy sentences

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LONDON, Ky. (KY) --  A Tennessee doctor and Florida pain clinic operator were sentenced to lengthy prison terms on drug and money laundering charges at U.S. District Court in London on Friday.


Timothy Dennis Gowder, 72, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, received 21-years and Anwar Mithavayani, 56, of Boca Raton, Florida, 25-years for conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and other drugs, as well as money laundering, after being convicted following a month-long trial earlier this year.


The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky’s office says Gowder was the medical director at the Tennessee Pain Institute, a pain clinic that operated from 2011 to 2016 near Chattanooga.  Mithavayani was a co-owner of the clinic with Pete Tyndale.


The jury convicted Gowder, Mithavayani, and Tyndale of operating the clinic as a pill mill, and for money laundering the proceeds.  The three men were responsible for the illicit distribution of more than 1.6 million oxycodone 30mg pills, and hundreds of thousands of other narcotic pills and sedative pills, such as Xanax.  About half of their pill customers were from eastern Kentucky.


Tyndale and another co-defendant James Bradley Combs will be sentenced later this month.  A fifth man, Larry Karr of Keavy, pled guilty to the drug trafficking charge in May 2018, and was later sentenced to nine years in prison.


“The sentences imposed reflect the seriousness of the harm caused by the defendants’ unlawful and medically unnecessary distribution of controlled substances,” said U. S. Attorney Robert M. Duncan, Jr.  “The defendants’ callous actions undoubtedly contributed to the current opioid crisis.  We remain resolute in our commitment to hold accountable drug traffickers who profit from addiction, including those who illegally deal drugs under the guise of medical care.”


Under federal law, Gowder and Mithavayani each must serve 85 percent of their sentences. Upon release, both will be under the supervision of the United States Probation Office for three years.  The Court also imposed a fine of $250,000 and a community restitution award of $200,000 upon Gowder.  Mithavayani must pay a $500,000 fine and a $400,000 community restitution award.


The investigation was conducted by the DEA, the IRS, Kentucky State Police and the Kentucky Attorney’s General Office as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.  

     

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