Chattanooga pill mill operator sentenced to 280 years

tsj police reports drugsBy Sharry Dedman-Beard

Barbara Lang, A.K.A. “Aunt Bea,” 61, of Rossville, Ga. was sentenced by the Honorable Curtis L. Collier, U.S. District Judge, to serve 280 years in federal prison.

After a trial that spanned almost three months, Lang was convicted of two counts of conspiring to distribute and dispense Schedule II and IV controlled substances, outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose; five counts of maintaining a premises for the purpose of distributing controlled substances; and fourteen counts of structuring financial transactions to evade reporting requirements.  

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Aunt Bea/photo by Times Free Press

Lang was charged along with three other individuals. Her daughter, Faith Blake, pleaded guilty to conspiring to illegally distribute drugs through Superior One medical clinic, a business she operated with her mother. Blake also pleaded guilty to conspiring to illegally distribute drugs through Elite Care, another Chattanooga pain clinic that she operated. Additionally, she pleaded guilty to obstructing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and failure to appear for a federal court proceeding. Sentencing for Blake is set for 9 a.m., October 1, 2015, in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga.

Dr. Jerome Sherard, Superior One’s medical director, pleaded guilty to conspiring to illegally distribute drugs at Superior One Medical Clinic and at the Sherard Clinic, his own practice. Sherard was sentenced to serve five years in federal prison. Sherard was also ordered to forfeit $192,956.31 to the United States.

Charles Larmore, a nurse practitioner employed by Lang at Superior One and Primary Care, pleaded guilty to conspiring to illegally distribute drugs at both those clinics. Larmore was sentenced to serve 13 years in federal prison. Larmore was also fined $20,000 and ordered to forfeit $375,829.20 to the United States.

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