Agents raid Louisville rehab clinic

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by Adam Walser

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 11, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 13 at 2:03 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) - Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies are putting major resources into investigating a Louisville medical rehabilitation clinic.

WHAS11 first reported about alleged issues at Progressive Medical and Rehabilitation Group, Inc. last year, when the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure suspended Dr. George Nobile's medical license for over-prescribing.

Now, it appears that the clinic has caught the attention of law enforcement agents, who spent more than 24 hours inside the facility looking for evidence of crimes.

By noon Friday, a sign announced that Progressive Rehab was open for business.

And business appeared to be booming, as we watched dozens of patients walk, drive or arrive by shuttle to the clinic.

Many did not know that Progressive was shut down for nearly 24 hours while agents served a search warrant.

“I don't know if he knows. He went in there. I don't know if he knew,” Jack Stahl said of his father, who has been going to the clinic for treatment for about three weeks after an auto accident.

“We just pulled up and heard the commotion out front, they had been raided. That makes you worry a little bit,’ said Stahl.

The I-Team has learned from a witness that the agencies involved in the search included the F.B.I., the D.E.A., Kentucky State Police, the Kentucky Department of Insurance and LMPD’s Narcotics Division.

Agents reportedly examined patient, billing and prescribing records for three businesses based out of the site, all owned by the same family.

WHAS11 talked to Progressive's marketing director about the search warrant and asked her if she had any comment. She answered with two words; "Absolutely no."

Last year Progressive's Medical Director Dr. George Nobile had his license suspended for illegal prescribing practices.

The medical board report indicates employees discovered from a narcotics database that 81 of 91 patients one day had "doctor shopped" and an employee witnessed patients exchanging drugs for money in the parking lot.

We talked to Progressive's attorney today, and he did not provide any statement.

Nobody has been arrested in connection with Thursday's raid.

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