Saturday, August 04, 2001

Doctor busted for drug trafficking

        PAINTSVILLE, Ky. — A doctor who ran a pain-treatment practice was arrested and charged with drug trafficking and money laundering.

        Dr. Frederick Cohn and an associate, Dr. Yakov Drabovskiy, were led from Dr. Cohn's office in handcuffs about noon Thursday.

        Police also arrested at least three patients who showed up for appointments, either illegally possessing or under the influence of prescription drugs.

        The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure issued an emergency order suspending Dr. Cohn's practice immediately.

        Agents seized records from Dr. Cohn's office on Feb. 27.

        The emergency order said a board investigator reviewed more than 50 patient charts seized during the February raid and called Dr. Cohn's patient charts “one of the worst” he had ever reviewed.

        “This doctor cannot be said to be practicing medicine,” the order said. “Only controlled substances were prescribed except for the occasional Viagra Rx.”

        Dr. Cohn, 69, and Dr. Drabovskiy, 52, a Russian osteopath who joined Dr. Cohn's practice in January, were each charged with conspiracy to traffic in controlled substances and money laundering, said Lt. Jerry Provence of the Kentucky State Police's special investigations unit in Lexington.

        Both were arraigned Thursday in Ashland and were being held in the Greenup County jail. Documents containing details of the charges will remain sealed until a hearing next week, said Scott Barker, the FBI's senior agent in eastern Kentucky.


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