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Updated: 4:09 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 | Posted: 4:06 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2013

Feds: Lilburn pain clinic a ‘pill mill’

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By George Mathis

Owners and employees of a Lilburn pain clinic sold prescriptions for opiate-based narcotics to addicts and drug dealers, federal prosecutors said Monday.

A federal grand jury handed down indictments Jan. 22 accusing Larry Webman, 64; Randy Webman, 59; Dara Webman, 29, all of Hollywood, Fla., and Dr. George Williams, 45, of Duluth, of running a “pill mill.”

Larry and Randy Webman are brothers and owned Premier Pain Management, located in the 3900 block of Lawrenceville Highway, said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates in a press release. Dara Webman is the daughter of Randy Webman and served as office manager.

The indictments allege the Webman brothers, who are not medical professionals, instructed Williams to write prescriptions for controlled substances such as oxycodone, a highly addictive painkiller. Customers, most all of which were from out of state, paid up to $350 for the prescriptions, prosecutors allege.

Each defendant faces a maximum statutory penalty of 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $2 million. Prosecutors also seek the forfeiture of Williams’ license to practice.

This case was investigated by Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, with assistance from the Lilburn Police Department.

Special Assistant United States Attorney Ajay Gupta is prosecuting the case.

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