A federal grand jury in Eastern Kentucky returned an indictment charging a former elected coroner with illegally selling controlled substances like oxycodone or OxyContin.
According to court documents, David W. Suetholz 73, from Ludlow in Kentucky was a former elected county coroner for Kenton County. He distributed illegally opioids to three different patients between September 2018 to February 2020..
A summons was issued, and Suetholz was directed to appear in court on October. 27. Suetholz could be sentenced to a maximum of 20 year imprisonment for each count if convicted. After considering all relevant U.S. factors, a federal district court judge will decide the sentence. The Sentencencing Guidelines and other statutory elements.
Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of Justice Department’s Criminal Division. Acting U.S. attorney Carlton S. Shier IV in the Eastern District of Kentucky. Special Agent In Charge Keith W. Martin of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Detroit Field Division. Special Agent In Charge Derrick Jackson of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG) Atlanta Region. Acting Special Agent of Charge Edward J. Gray, of the FBI’s Louisville Field Office. W. Bryan Hubbard, Executive Director of the Kentucky Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCU), in the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office made this announcement.
This case was investigated by DEA’s Detroit Field Division; Cincinnati District Office Diversion Group; the FBI’s Louisville Field Office; HHS-OIG’s Louisville Field Office and the Kentucky MFCU.
Trial attorneys Chris Jason and Dermot Lynch, as well as Assistant Chief Kilby Mcfadden from the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section, are prosecuting this case.
The Fraud Section is responsible for the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force. The ARPO Strike Force was established in October 2018,. It operates in 10 areas and has been responsible for more than 90 million pills distributed. The Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are also working with HHS OIG to improve accountability and reduce the number of fraudulent providers.
Individuals who feel they might be a victim should visit the Fraud Section’s Victim Witness website to get more information.
An indictment is only an allegation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt in court.