Charges Against Dr. Hedrick
We are following up on the release of the affidavit from the original search and seizure of the Muncie location for the Indiana Center for Pain Relief, and we want to share with you a detailed description of the charges brought against Dr. Hedrick for his illicit behaviors.
Dr. Hedrick is currently facing charges for 1) racketeering, 2) Medicaid fraud, 3) reckless prescribing, 4) three counts of registration offense, and 5) three counts of forgery.
Racketeering is most often defined by the action of obtaining or extorting money in an illegal manner, as well as illegal business practices, sometimes tied with organized crime. As a felony charge, Dr. Hedrick could face up to 20 years of prison time for this charge alone.
Medicaid fraud occurs when a physician or medical worker misreports the prescriptions given to patients, whether to benefit financially, or to prescribe drugs to patients who are not eligible for Medicaid. As a penalty for Medicaid fraud, Dr. Hedrick could potentially be fined up to three-times the amount of damages sustained for each instance of fraud.
As the deaths in this case resulted from reckless prescribing, this felony charge may result in the most serious consequences for Dr. Hedrick. The charges allege that during his career at the Indiana Center for Pain Relief, he not only prescribed dangerous combinations of drugs for patients, he also neglected supervision and adequate care for those he offered prescriptions to, leaving them to manage their own health and well-being, often while on strong and toxic combinations of opioids, SSRI’s, and other potentially lethal drugs.
Dr. Hedrick also faces three charges of registration offense. The details of these charges are unclear as of now, so we don’t know whether these charges pertain to his medical license and his illicit operation during his probation period, or the business registration of his practice. We will keep you updated as we learn more about this charge.
The forgery charges against Dr. Hedrick are related to the Medicaid fraud, and it is alleged that he used the names of his nurse practitioners to get away with dangerous prescribing practices while he was under probation. One of Hedrick’s nurse practitioners, Gay Gunderson-Watson also faces six felony charges related to the case.
All-in-all, the charges he faces pose the risk of likely landing him in prison for a number of years, as well as cause him to lose everything he illegally gained in a mound of fines and legal fees. We are anxiously awaiting his hearing, and hope that his sentencing will offer some peace and justice to those he has hurt over the years.
If you are among those injured by Dr. Hedrick, or if your loved one lost their life as a result of his illicit prescribing practices, we hope you will reach out to us for the help you need. The wrongful death and drug injury attorneys at Wagner Reese are here waiting to assist you with your case. Schedule a risk-free consultation with us to find out how we can help you. You can reach us today by calling (888) 204-8440.
Stay tuned as we continue to bring you highlights from this case, and as our own Jason Reese is scheduled to appear on RTV6 with an exclusive interview regarding Dr. Hedrick’s hearing.