An Evansville pain management clinic is at the center of a federal investigation.
Patients at Med 1st on Washington Avenue say they were told to get out when DEA officials showed up late Tuesday morning.
It was a tense situation between medical assistants who tell 14 News they were interrogated and patients that had driven more than a hour for their appointments, only to be turned away.
"A couple of the patients say that they came in and screamed DEA and a lot of them told them that the patients had to leave," Alicia Dimmett, with Ray Ray's Convenience Store, said.
An official DEA investigation was a surprise for the patients and staff Tuesday morning.
"I really need my pain medication because my back has really been bothering me bad and I really need my pain medication," Med 1st patient, Jacqueline Truitt said.
Truitt came to her noon appointment, only to be turned away. She says she can't wait another day to get her prescription refilled.
"I get my LT, loritabs, I get them once a month," Truitt said.
Medical assistants tell 14 News they were all individually interviewed by DEA agents before being released for the day.
They were visibly shaken by the investigation and went across the street to Ray Ray's Convenience Store to talk to employee Alicia Dimmett about the ordeal.
"One of them was worried about losing her job, said we probably won't be seeing her anymore," Dimmett said.
Officials with the medicare fraud control unit were also involved in the investigation. According the clinic's website, Dr. Diane Crowley does accept medicare and medicaid.
The clinic was closed for the rest of the day.
We found the clinic's website online that describes the services they offer. You can see that by clicking here.
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