VIDEO: FBI Agents Raid Eastern Shore Neurology And Pain Center In Daphne

VIDEO: FBI Agents Raid Eastern Shore Neurology And Pain Center In Daphne


FEDERAL AGENTS RAIDED THE HOME AND OFFICE OF A PAIN DOCTOR IN BALDWIN COUNTY THIS MORNING. AGENTS WITH BOTH THE F-B-I AND D-E-A SHOWED UP AT THE EASTERN SHORE NEUROLOGY AND PAIN CENTER ON HIGHWAY 98 IN DAPHNE. THE AGENTS STAYED FOR SEVERAL HOURS REMOVING MATERIALS FROM THE CLINIC. THIS CLINIC IS OPERATED BY DOCTOR RASSAN TARABEIN. THE F.B.I. HASN’T TOLD US IF HE’S BEEN CHARGED WITH A CRIME…THE FEDS ARE NOT COMMENTING ON THE CASE. “…what can you tell me about what’s going on here today… The fbi has not comment at this time… Will you be releasing information at a later date. Possibly–i really can’t make any comment….” THE F-B-I ISN’T SAYING IF THIS IS PART OF THE AGENCY’S EFFORT TO CRACKDOWN ON DOCTORS OVER- PRESCRIBING NARCOTICS. BUT, WE SAW AGENTS SEIZE BOX AFTER BOX OF WHAT APPEARED TO BE MEDICAL RECORDS….AND A COMPUTER. WHILE AUTHORITIES WERE GOING THROUGH THE DOCTOR’S CLINIC IN DAPHNE….MORE AGENTS WERE SERVING A SEARCH WARRANT AT HIS HOME IN FAIRHOPE. AND AS NEWS FIVE’S DEBBIE WILLIAMS LEARNED., THIS ISN’T THE DOCTOR’S FIRST RUN-IN WITH THE LAW. runs 1:34 A BRIEF GLIMPSE OF DR. TARRABIEN ON A DAY HIS ATTORNEY SAID HE NEVER SAW COMING…. SUPER John Beck/Tarrabien Attorney :07-:11 2-“It was shocking for him and me personally and anyone that knows him and knows how miticulous and careful he is in running his clinic.” SUPER Debbie Williams/[email protected] om :14-:18 “It was a little after six o’clock this morning when almost a dozen agents descended on the doctors hom and they spent about four hours there and what they got out was a van load.” 4-“They will take absolutely everything that you own and they will make copies of it they will take every single terrabyte of computer information.” AT LEAST ONE COMPUTER WAS PUT IN A VAN THAT WAS LOADED WITH BOX AFTER BOX MARKED AS EVIDENCE. 5-“then go through it and have analuysts that will look at every day of your life for as long as they can go back. Every text message. Every e-mail, every phone call. Absolutely anything to see if something’s there.” SOMETHING WAS THERE IN OCTOBER OF 2004 WHEN TERRABIEN APPEARED BEFORE THE MEDICAL LICENSURE COMMISSION ON ALMOST A DOZEN CHARGES…AMONG OTHER THINGS HE ADMITTED TO: IMMORAL AND UNPROFESSIONAL CONDUCT…PRACTICING MEDICINE THAT ENDANGERED PATIENTS. OVER PRESCRIBING PAIN MEDICATIONS, EPIDURAL BLOCKS AND NARCOTICS… AFTER A REPRIMAND AND TWO YEARS OF PROBATION, HE REGAINED UNRESTIRCTED USE OF HIS MEDICAL LICENSE IN 2007. AFTER SPENDING HOURS AT TARRABIENS HOME….SATISFIED WITH THE INFORMATION THEY HAD GATHERED…AGENTS LEFT, JUST AS THEY HAD ARRIVED,,,, WITHOUT ANY EXPLANATION…. ON THE BALDWIN COUNTY BEAT IN FAIRHOPE, DEBBIE WILLIAMS NEWS FIVE. TODAY’S OPERATION APPEARED TO BE SIMILAR TO ONE FROM LAST YEAR, WHEN THE FBI RAIDED PHYSICIAN PAIN SPECIALISTS OF ALABAMA IN MOBILE. THAT INVESTIGATION LED TO TWO WELL- KNOWN PAIN DOCTORS BEING CHARGED IN THE DEATHS OF FOUR PATIENTS. NEWS 5’S JB BIUNNO FOLLOWS THAT STORY CLOSELY AND JOINS US LIVE WITH MORE. JB — TODAY’S RAID IN DAPHNE HARKENS BACK TO THE ONE IN MOBILE LAST YEAR. IT DOES ROSEANN, TODAY’S RAID A LITTLE SMALLER… BUT BASED ON ALL THE EVIDENCE AGAINST PPSA IN MOBILE, WE NOW HAVE A BETTER IDEA AT HOW THE FBI IS GOING AFTER PAIN DOCTORS WHO MAY BE ILLEGALLY PUSHING PAINKILLERS. WE READ THROUGH THE 55-PAGE INDICTMENT WITH ALL THE EVIDENCE GATHERED AGAINST DOCTORS JOHN PATRICK COUCH AND XIULU RUAN IN 2015. WE KNOW THE F-B-I USES UNDERCOVER AGENTS TO GO INTO THESE PRACTICES TO SCOPE OUT A DOCTOR’S METHODOLOGY BEHIND THEIR PRESCRIBING OF PAINKILLERS. WE ALSO KNOW THEY’LL TRY TO COLLECT TESTIMONY FROM NURSES OR OTHER WORKERS IN THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE. LIKE WITH PPSA IN MOBILE… WHEN THE FBI GETS A WARRANT TO RAID A FACILITY, WE KNOW THEY’LL TAKE ANYTHING THAT MIGHT CARRY CONVINCING EVIDENCE… SUCH AS COMPUTERS, PATIENT FILES, PRESCRIPTION PADS, RECEIPTS, INSURANCE PAPERWORK… AND IT’LL ALL GET LOADED INTO BOXES FOR INVESTIGATORS TO COMB THROUGH. THEY’RE NOT JUST LOOKING FOR ILLEGAL PRESCRIPTIONS OF PAINKILLERS… THEY ALSO WANT TO CHECK THE PAPERWORK FOR ANY INSURANCE OR KICKBACK SCHEMES THAT FUNNEL ILLEGAL MONEY INTO THE DOCTOR’S POCKET. AGAIN IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT DR TARRIBEN IN DAPHNE HAS NOT BEEN ARRESTED OR CHARGED… BUT HIS PRACTICE IS AN FBI TARGET. MEL AND ROSEANN, FOR THOSE AT HOME WONDERING… THE TRIAL FOR DR COUCH AND RUAN WAS PUSHED BACK TO JANUARY… BUT IT SHOULD BE ONE OF THE BIGGER TRIALS WE’VE SEEN IN A WHILE. DAPHNE POLICE HAVE CAPTURED A MAN

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