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Drug treatment CEO arrested on 93 counts of patient brokering


The owner of a Delray Beach drug treatment center raided in December was arrested Thursday on 93 counts of patient brokering for allegedly paying kickbacks to sober home owners who enrolled insured addicts his treatment program.

Daniel Kandler, 41, owner of Chapters Recovery - formerly known as Good Future Recovery - was arrested on Thursday morning by the Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force.

»» Read The Palm Beach Post’s complete coverage of the sober home industry »»

According to the arrest report, Kandler paid $325,000 to three sober home operators who enrolled residents living in their sober homes in treatment programs at Chapters Recovery.

  • Thirty-three checks totaling $94,225 were paid to Guiding Light Properties, operated by Kristopher Bayne, who has not been charged with a crime. Bayne declined to comment.
  • Thirty-four checks totaling$185,904 were paid to The Treatment Professionals, operated by Eric and Adam Lahr. The Lahrs have not been charged with crimes. Requests for comment were not answered.
  • Twenty-six checks totaling $44,900 were paid to Southern Palm Oasis, operated by John Dudek.

Dudek denied that he received any kickbacks from Chapters or from Whole Life Recovery, another case in which he has been charged with patient brokering.

Dudek, a tatoo artist in Delray Beach, said he allowed the owner of Southern Palm Oasis to use his name on incorporation documents filed with the state. But he said he was merely a house manager responsible for cutting the grass, cleaning the pool and driving residents to meetings and treatment.

“None of this makes any sense to me,” said Dudek, who did not have enough money to hire a lawyer and is represented by a public defender. “If I had $44,000 I wouldn’t be driving a 25-year-old Jeep.”

Good Future Recovery was founded in 2010. However, the business was sold in June 2015 and the name changed to Chapters Recovery. Kandler and David Remland became the new officers, according to state corporate records.

Remland, who has not been charged, said he was not a corporate officer, “just an employee.” The Good Future website lists Remland as the marketing director.

Kandler also opened a laboratory, Impact Q Testing, in December 2015. Remland is the outreach coordinator at lab, according to Remland’s Facebook page. Remland declined to comment on Impact Q Testing.

In September 2016 Kandler opened Suncoast Detox. Remland’s name appears on corporate records.

Some patients at Chapters Recovery lived in sober homes operated by the treatment center.

One resident who lived in Chapters’ housing and attended treatment said she was drug tested three times a week for a variety of drugs even though she was an alcoholic and not a drug user and had been sober for a year.

The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said her insurance deductibles were paid for her and although she has received bills for co-pays, there has been no effort to collect. As for treatment, sometimes they watched professional wrestling or Law & Order. She never paid rent.

“You are either homeless or you put up with it,” she said.

Kandler is the sixteenth arrest that the Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force made its first arrest on Oct. 25. In response to published reports about corruption in the drug treatment industry, the legislature gave $275,000 to Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg to create a task force to investigate and recommend changes to laws and regulations pertaining to drug treatment.

Aronberg, who led Florida’s efforts to shut down pill mills in 2010, has said there will be more arrests.

“Our Task Force continues to move full steam ahead to investigate and prosecute these cases to clean up the drug treatment and sober home industry,” Aronberg said in a statement Thursday.



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