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Date: 12-03-2019

Case Style:

United States of America v. Darrel R. Rinehart, M.D.

Case Number: 1:19-cr-00008

Judge: Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr.

Court: United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (Davidson County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Kilby MacFadden and William M. Grady

Defendant's Attorney:


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Description: Nashville, TN - The United States of America charged Darrel R. Rinehart, M.D. with unlawfully distributing controlled drugs.

A medical doctor who formerly practiced in Tennessee pleaded guilty for his role in unlawfully distributing controlled substances.

Darrel R. Rinehart M.D., 64, of Indianapolis, Indiana, formerly of Columbia, Tennessee, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful distribution of controlled substances.

Pursuant to his guilty plea, Rinehart admitted that in January 2016 he knowingly distributed hydrocodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, to a patient who did not have any significant underlying health issues justifying such a prescription. He further admitted to distributing Schedule II controlled substances, primarily opioids, to four different patients without a legitimate medical purpose and outside the course of professional practice on 18 other occasions between December 2014 and December 2015.

The HHS-OIG, TBI and the District Attorney General for the Tennessee’s 22nd Judicial District investigated the case. Assistant Chief Kilby Macfadden and Trial Attorney William M. Grady of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section are prosecuting the case

The Fraud Section leads the Medicare Fraud Strike Force. Since its inception in March 2007, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which maintains 15 strike forces operating in 24 districts, has charged more than 4,200 defendants who have collectively billed the Medicare program for nearly $19 billion. In addition, the HHS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, working in conjunction with the HHS-OIG, are taking steps to increase accountability and decrease the presence of fraudulent providers.

The Fraud Section leads the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid (ARPO) Strike Force. Since its inception in October 2018, the ARPO Strike Force, which operates in 10 districts, has charged more than 70 defendants who are collectively responsible for distributing more than 40 million pills. The Health Care Fraud Unit, in general, maintains 15 strike forces operating in 24 districts, and has charged nearly 4,200 defendants who have collectively billed the Medicare program for more than $15 billion. In addition, the HHS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, working in conjunction with HHS-OIG, are taking steps to increase accountability and decrease the presence of fraudulent providers.


Charge:

21:841(a)(1) Distribution of controlled substances
(1-19)

Outcome: 12/02/2019 37 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Chief Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr: Plea Hearing as to Darrel R. Rinehart held on 12/2/2019. Defendant entered a plea of guilty to Count 1of the Indictment, and is adjudged guilty. Kilby MacFadden testified as to the facts. Sentencing set for July 30, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. Order to enter. (Court Reporter Lise Matthews.) (jb) (Entered: 12/02/2019)
12/02/2019 38 ORDER ACCEPTING PLEA PETITION as to Darrel R. Rinehart. Signed by Chief Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr. on 12/2/19. (jb) (Entered: 12/02/2019)
12/02/2019 39 PLEA AGREEMENT RESERVED as to Darrel R. Rinehart. (jb) (Entered: 12/02/2019)
12/02/2019 40 ORDER as to Darrel R. Rinehart: A change of plea hearing was held on 12/2/2019. For the reasons stated on the record, the plea petition is approved. The sentencing hearing is set for 7/30/2020, at 1:00 PM. The Defendant shall remain on his current conditions of release. The Defendant shall attend all Court hearings in this case. Signed by Chief Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr on 12/2/19. (jb) (Entered: 12/02/2019)

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