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FBI raids doctor’s office in Sandusky

8/22/2018 8:03 PM

Update 8 p.m.

PERKINS TWP. — FBI agents on Wednesday raided the office of a Sandusky doctor who allegedly overprescribed opioids.

The Justice Department obtained a temporary restraining order against Dr. Gregory Gerber. This allowed federal officials to confiscate materials from his office, located within a business complex at 2819 Hayes Ave. (Ohio 4), an FBI spokeswoman told the Register.

Gerber, according to Cleveland.com, received $175,000 between 2013 and 2016 from an Arizona-based pharmaceutical company to illegally promote a liquid form of fentanyl to treat pain in cancer patients. He’s also accused of illegally prescribing opioids to investigators several times last year, according to WKYC.

“He prescribed OxyContin to an undercover agent who never said she was in pain,” according to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who spoke Wednesday in Cleveland to talk about the national opioid epidemic. Sessions characterized the raid as part of a federal crackdown on the epidemic.

Sessions also announced indictments against two men living in China for allegedly manufacturing and shipping fentanyl to the U.S., including in Ohio.

Going into Gerber’s office

Wednesday’s raid in Sandusky marked the second straight day federal agents executed a search warrant at an area medical office within the Register’s coverage area.

Agents confiscated an unknown amount of documents and materials from Gerber’s office, located within New Horizons Medical Center between VacationLand Federal Credit Union and the former KBI plant.

Vicki Anderson, an FBI spokeswoman, confirmed the FBI’s presence in Erie County to the Register but couldn’t divulge any additional details because it’s an ongoing investigation.

It didn’t appear authorities arrested anyone. The FBI, furthermore, didn’t make any noticeable attempts to shut down the practice.

Gerber’s medical profile lists him as a specialist for physical medicine and rehabilitation. He’s affiliated with Firelands Regional Health Systems, and advertised as such on the hospital’s website, but he’s not an employee of Firelands Regional Medical Center.

“Firelands Regional Medical Center has an open medical staff, meaning that non-employed, independent physicians may apply for privileges to treat patients at the hospital,” Firelands spokeswoman Haley Hite said. “Dr. Gerber is a member of our medical staff as an independent provider.”

Hite then addressed the raid connected with Gerber’s office.

“Firelands Regional Medical Center holds everyone associated with our medical center to the highest standard, including physicians on our medical staff,” she said. “Firelands will cooperate with the appropriate authorities to provide any information that we can.”

On Tuesday, the FBI, among other organizations, raided multiple locations — including Catawba Dental on Catawba Island and a 658 Jackson Drive in Port Clinton near the high school — as part of a federal probe. Bassett’s Market in Port Clinton announced on its Facebook page a similar incident occurred Wednesday at the grocery store. Documents and materials seized in those cases are also sealed.

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Update, 6:30 p.m.

PERKINS TWP. — A Sandusky doctor who allegedly over-prescribed opioids had his office raided by FBI agents Wednesday.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in Cleveland to talk about the national opioid epidemic, announced the raid as part of a federal crackdown on the opioid epidemic.

The Justice Department obtained temporary restraining orders against Sandusky Dr. Gregory Gerber, and Akron Dr. Michael Tricaso, according to Cleveland.com.

Cleveland.com reported Gerber received $175,000 between 2013 and 2016 from an Arizona-based pharmaceutical company to illegally promote a liquid form of fentanyl to treat pain in cancer patients.

Gerber is also accused of illegally prescribing opioids to investigators several times last year, according to WKYC.

“He prescribed Oxycontin to an undercover agent who never said she was in pain,” Sessions said during a news conference Wednesday.

Sessions also announced indictments against two men living in China for allegedly manufacturing and shipping fentanyl to America and more than 20 other countries. A Boston-area chemist pleaded guilty this month for receiving drug shipments from those men and sending the drugs across the country, including Ohio.

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FBI raids doctor’s office in Sandusky

For the second day in a row, federal agents conducted a raid at an area medical office.

Those representing the FBI executed a search warrant Wednesday for records kept by Dr. Gregory Gerber. Eyewitnesses told the Register officials from the DEA and Ohio Attorney General’s Office also participated in some fashion.

Agents confiscated an unknown amount of documents and materials from Gerber’s office, located within New Horizons Medical Center, 2819 Hayes Ave (Ohio 4). It’s located between VacationLand Federal Credit Union and the former KBI plant.

Vicki Anderson, an FBI spokeswoman, confirmed the FBI’s presence in Erie County to the Register but couldn’t divulge any additional details because it’s an ongoing investigation.

It didn’t appear authorities arrested anyone. The FBI, furthermore, didn’t make any noticeable attempts to shut down the practice.

Gerber’s medical profile lists him as a specialist for physical medicine and rehabilitation. He’s affiliated with Firelands Regional Health Systems, and advertised as such on the hospital’s website, but he’s not an employee of Firelands Regional Medical Center.

“Firelands Regional Medical Center has an open medical staff, meaning that non-employed, independent physicians may apply for privileges to treat patients at the hospital,” Firelands spokeswoman Haley Hite said. “Dr. Gerber is a member of our medical staff as an independent provider.”

Hite then addressed the raid connected with Gerber’s office.

“Firelands Regional Medical Center holds everyone associated with our medical center to the highest standard, including physicians on our medical staff,” she said. “Firelands will cooperate with the appropriate authorities to provide any information that we can.”

On Tuesday, the FBI, among other organizations, raided multiple locations — including Catawba Dental on Catawba Island and a 658 Jackson Drive in Port Clinton near the high school — as part of a federal probe. Bassett’s Market in Port Clinton announced on its Facebook page a similar incident occurred Wednesday at the grocery store. Documents and materials seized in those cases are also sealed.

 

 

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