FBI: investigation into Braking Point just getting started

AUSTINTOWN — The FBI, one of several agencies investigating Braking Point Recovery Center, is asking members of the public who have had interactions with the addiction treatment center to get in touch if they have any concerns or information.

The FBI is not releasing the reason why nearly 100 agents from multiple agencies searched the recovery center’s locations on Wednesday, said FBI special agent Vicki Anderson.

The facility has a 45 N. Canfield Niles Road location in Austintown and a 4040 E. Broad St. location in Columbus. A location near Leetonia in southern Mahoning County also was searched, Anderson said.

The search warrant will remain sealed for now and the investigation is likely to take some time, Anderson said.

“There will be no arrests today and nothing further released today. It will be a while before we have something new. We will take our time on this investigation,” Anderson said.

But, the FBI does want to hear about the public’s interactions with the center and anything that might have caused concern, Anderson said.

Though Anderson did not reveal the nature of the investigation, she said the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Internal Revenue Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Ohio Pharmacy Board are all involved.

The recovery center in Austintown is still accepting new patients, according to an employee who answered the phone Wednesday afternoon.

Friedman & Rummell Co., L.P.A., counsel on behalf of Braking Point and owner Ryan Sheridan, released the following statement via email:

“At this point, we are unaware of the extent of the investigation, and until we have a better understanding of its scope, we are simply unable to provide any information at this time. We are hopeful that Braking Point can continue its operations to serve the community.”

A message was left with an attorney who represented Sheridan in a Youngstown zoning dispute over sober houses Sheridan owns.

The Austintown location of the facility officers day treatment, detoxification, case management, counseling, intensive outpatient treatment, medication assisted treatment, supportive housing and supplemental living rehabilitation.

rfox@tribtoday.com

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