Wed. 5:15 p.m.: Former Braking Point Recovery Center owner to serve 7 years in federal prison

YOUNGSTOWN – Ryan P. Sheridan, 39, former Braking Point Recovery Center owner, was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in federal prison today for a what a United States attorney called a “massive” Medicaid fraud at his business from 2015 to 2017.

Judge Judge Benita Y. Pearson selected a number of months that was almost exactly in the middle of the range of the the sentencing guidelines for his offenses.

Attorney Mark Bennett of the office of the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio spent much of his time in front of the judge knocking holes in the letter Sheridan wrote to the judge that described challenges Sheridan faced while growing up and other issues.

Bennett said Sheridan deserves most of the responsibility for the $24 million in losses the state of Ohio lost in Medicaid funds because of Braking Point Recovery frauds.