Three more sober home operators arrested in Delray Beach


Two brothers and a tattoo artist surrendered at the Palm Beach County jail on Sunday after learning they were being charged with dozens of counts of patient brokering for allegedly accepting kickbacks from Chapters Recovery, a drug treatment center in Delray Beach.

Brothers Adam, 25, and Eric, 28 Lahr, of Palm Beach Gardens, each face 34 counts of patient brokering. According to arrest reports, the brothers operated a sober home business called Vantage, The Treatment Professionals.

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Beginning in March 2016, the Lahrs accepted 34 checks totalling $185,904 from Chapters, formerly known as Good Future Treatment Center, according to arrest records.

The owner of the treatment center, Daniel Kandler, is charged with paying kickbacks to the brothers for enrolling insured addicts living in their sober homes in Kandler’s treatment programs. Kandler was arrested Feb. 23 on 93 counts of patient brokering.

Good Future Recovery was founded in 2010. However, the business was sold in June 2015 and the name changed to Chapters Recovery. The Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force raided the treatment center in December.

John Dudek, a tattoo artist, also surrendered on Sunday. It was his second arrest on patient brokering charges. In November, Dudek, 55, was arrested on six counts of patient brokering for allegedly accepting “case management fees” for enrolling residents from his sober home, Southern Palms Oasis, in Whole Life Recovery, a treatment program in Delray Beach.

According to arrest reports, when Dudek was arrested in November he told detectives that “he was surprised they weren’t investigating Chapters.” He admitted signing a contract with “Daniel” to refer insured residents from Southern Palms Oasis to Chapters.

Although Dudek’s name appears as an owner of Southern Palms Oasis in state corporate records filings, Dudek said he was merely the property manager who “cut the grass and cleaned the pool.”

Bond was set at $30,000 apiece for the Lahr brothers. They cannot talk about the case. John Dudek also was ordered held on $30,000 bond on 26 counts of patient brokering charges.

The arrests are the latest made by the Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force, which has been investigating corruption in South Florida’s drug treatment industry.



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