FBI visits properties belonging to Braking Point owner


Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

The Cleveland office of the FBI said there was activity in Leetonia and Girard on Wednesday as part of its investigation of Braking Point Recovery Center.

Vicky Anderson, an FBI spokeswoman, would not comment on the activity or say if any property was seized because all matters involving the investigation are sealed.

Vindicator broadcast partner 21 WFMJ-TV reported that vehicles were seized from homes. Among the vehicles are a DeLorean and a vehicle that resembles a Batmobile, according to the television station.

In October, FBI agents served a search warrant at the Leetonia home of Braking Point owner Ryan Sheridan.

The investigation is a joint operation including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Drug Enforcement Agency, Internal Revenue Service, the Ohio Attorney General’s health care fraud unit and the Ohio Pharmacy Board.

Also in October, the Trumbull Couty Coroner’s office ruled that the former executive director, Thomas Dailey, 46, died of a drug overdose, Medicaid payments were suspended for alleged fraud to Braking Point by the state because “a credible allegation of fraud exists based on evidence that the company is allowing a physician to dispense Suboxone without proper authorization from the Drug Enforcement Administration.”

Sheridan did not return a message seeking comment Wednesday.

Braking Point has been under investigation for at least two years, according to the television station.

Braking Point is appealing the suspension. It is no longer supplying drug or alcohol addiction services but is referring people to the Mahoning County Mental Health Board, according to a message on its website.

Sheridan is also a downtown developer with several projects in the works.

He is redeveloping the more than 100-year-old Gallagher Building, starting a restaurant called The Cove that will be on the first floor of the Wick Building downtown, and he is reopening a craft beer bar on the corner of Erie Terminal Place called the Youngstown Tap House.

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