Federal agents raid 5 Louisville-area doctors' offices

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Federal law enforcement authorities raided several Louisville-area doctors' offices on Tuesday morning.

Outside Bluegrass Pain Consultants at 6400 Dutchmans Parkway, off Breckenridge Lane, representatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Kentucky State Police and the Indiana Attorney General's Office were all on the scene. Investigators could be seen hauling boxes and evidence in and out of two separate buildings containing doctors' offices and billing offices.

A sign taped to the front door indicated that the business was currently closed, but would reopen on June 13.

According to the company's website, the business provides independent medical exams, treatment of acute and chronic pain, treatment for workplace, automotive and sports injuries, treatment of headaches and whiplash, as well as regenerative therapy.

Four other area businesses were also raided on Tuesday morning, including a separate Bluegrass Pain Consultants location at 1009 New Moody Lane, near Highway 53, in La Grange. 

Doctors Christopher Nelson, Brandon Sutton and Alexander Sinofsky see patients at both Bluegrass Pain Consultants offices. 

Federal authorities would not comment on why the businesses are being investigated, but they pulled at least 46 boxes from one of the locations. Investigators have not released the names of all of the businesses involved.

Dana Friess, a patient at Bluegrass Pain Consultants, says she was shocked to see the raid, but adds that she's had concerns about the company for a while.

"I've had problems every since I've been coming here," she said. "I can never get ahold of these people."  

"You call the operator and they turn around and say, 'Oh, well, try it again,' and they never call you back to change my appointment or find out when my appointment is," she added.

Friess needed the date on a prescription changed from June 14 to June 13, as she wanted to fill it before leaving on vacation. That didn't happen today, and her files are likely now in the hands of federal investigators.

She says she doesn't have to hear anything about charges or arrests from investigators. After today, she's seen enough.

"I am going to be looking for another doctor, because I'm just tired," she said.

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