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Dr. Donald Willems, one of two doctors charged with insurance fraud at notorious drug treatment programs operated by Kenneth Chatman, was re-arrested on Friday and accused of violating the conditions of his bond. …

According to court records unsealed Friday afternoon, Willems continued working for a drug treatment facility, wrote prescriptions without a license and had contact with witnesses — all in violation of the terms of his $100,000 bond. …

Willems is charged with ordering unnecessary urine drug tests for addicts enrolled in Chatman’s treatment centers, Reflections and Journey to Recovery.

Chatman and several alleged co-conspirators also operated numerous sober homes, including Stay’n Alive, Redemption Sober House and Total Recovery Sober Living, and an unnamed facility at 962 W. 43rd St., West Palm Beach. …

State regulators, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office raided Willems’ workplace — Pompano Beach Pain Management — in 2012, according to a state complaint filed this year.

In the complaint charging him with six felonies, he is accused of writing 24,011 prescriptions in less than 13 months, including about 13,400 prescriptions for oxycodone, morphine or hydromorphone.

Willems also admitted to investigators he left signed, blank prescription forms for the clinic’s owner to fill out. Deputies reported finding 85 such slips in the office. Four years later, that case is still working its way through the courts.

Dr. Joaquin Mendez, also faces more charges, including conspiracy to commit health care fraud, giving a false statement relating to health care fraud and money laundering.

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ORIGINAL SOURCE: wptv.com, Mar 10, 2017, By Christine Stapleton, https://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/crime–law/doctor-chatman-case-caught-working-for-drug-treatment-center/e0RAjRix1StF668NA1BEnI/