Noblesville doctor Jeffery Boone is under investigation for providing prescription drugs to women in exchange for sex, according to a search warrant affidavit filed by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Investigators also l are ooking into whether prescriptions provided by Boone led to four deaths.
On Aug. 6, DEA agents, along with state and local law enforcement agencies, raided Boone’s Noblesville office at 1049 N. 10th St. and confiscated patient files and other documents.
According to the affidavit, DEA agents began investigating Boone in July 2000 when a North Carolina woman reported her mother had become addicted to pain killers that he had prescribed her. According to court documents, that patient later committed suicide. The daughter said Boone had serious financial problems following a bankruptcy and divorce and felt Boone would prescribe her mother any medication and in return she paid him several checks totaling thousands of dollars.
Three other patients, one in 2008 and two in 2013, died of drug overdoses using medication prescribed by Boone.
Informants told police Boone would meet female patients in parking lots and trade drugs for sex. Last month, one patient admitted she had sex with him 10 to 12 times in exchange for medications. Investigators confirmed that the patients had a number of prescriptions from Boone during the past two years.
“I get what I need and you get what you need,” Boone told one female patient, according to the affidavit.
One patient’s mother told investigators that Boone used to be a good doctor but now gives out narcotics to anyone without medical reasons.
“Boone asked his patients to bring him half of the drugs he prescribed when they filled their prescriptions,” she said, adding that she had seen Boone self-injecting himself in the past. “He charged $140 cash for the first visit even when the patient was on Medicaid or Medicare.”
While Boone told Noblesville police officers his medical office was only open Monday through Friday, prescriptions showed Boone saw 186 patients and wrote 291 prescriptions on Sundays in 2012.
Court records indicate Boone prescribed 14 patients (eight with criminal records) the “Holy Trinity” of drugs – a mixture of three narcotics that when taken together create a heroin type high. Pain Specialist Tim King said the “combination of these three drugs are potentially dangerous and the prescribing of these three drugs together lacks legitimate medical purpose.”
The DEA said the investigation is still ongoing. A medical expert has been brought in to review the patient files confiscated from Boone’s office and that process could take 30 to 90 days. Boone has not been arrested for any alleged wrongdoing.