Owner of West Palm Beach sober home accused of patient brokering


The owner of two Palm Beach County sober homes where police responded to 28 calls last year — including six overdoses — was arrested on multiple counts of patient brokering on Wednesday.

Matthew Anderson, 38, offered free rent to residents of his sober home, Anastasia’s Way, contingent on their attendance at London Treatment Center, according to a police report.

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Detectives reviewed bank records and found numerous checks to Anderson and Anastasia’s Way from London Treatment Center, according to the report. According to Florida corporate records, the members of London Treatment Center  are Mark F. Johnson, Jordi Martinez and Barrack Lane Investments.

On Thursday morning, Anderson was held on $20,000 bond -- $10,000 per count -- and any bond must be reviewed to determine if it was not acquired by illegal means.

Anderson operated Anastasia’s Way out of two sober homes, 629 Clear Lake Ave. in West Palm Beach beginning in June 2016 and 5986 Ithaca Circle West, just south of Greenacres, in August 2016, according to police records.

The house at 629 Clear Lake Ave. is the same home used by notorious drug treatment center operator Kenny Chatman in 2015, records show.

The Clear Lake address was one of the sober homes mentioned in Chatman’s federal indictment filed in January, and it was managed by one of his associates, Fransesia “Francine” Davis, according to an application she filed with the City of West Palm Beach in March 2015.

While Chatman and Davis ran the home, the place was a nuisance, according to neighbors who spoke to the Palm Beach Post in 2015. West Palm Beach police were called to the home 30 times in just five months for assaults, medical calls and thefts, according to police records.

Chatman pleaded guilty to conspiracies to commit money laundering, health care fraud and sex trafficking and is scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday at the federal courthouse in West Palm Beach. Davis was sentenced to seven years in prison last month.

In the last six months of 2016, West Palm Beach police responded to 28 calls for service at the Clear Lake address, including six overdoses - one fatal - according to the police report.

West Palm Beach Det. Robert McGinley and Officer David Kerschner spoke with residents of the sober homes and two overdose victims in the emergency rooms of Good Samaritan Hospital. Both said they were given free rent in exchange for attending treatment at London Treatment Center, at 1551 Forum Place.

Court records show that Anderson was stabbed April 10 at the sober home on Ithaca Circle. Anderson’s neck was punctured with a screwdriver by Shaun Antony Horne, of Riviera Beach, following an argument. Horne, 49, is facing a charge of aggravated battery causing bodily harm and is free on $3,000 bond.

Anderson’s arrest is the 22nd made by the Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force since October 2016. State Attorney Dave Aronberg said he will continue investigating corruption in the county’s drug treatment industry. A press conference is scheduled today at 3 p.m.



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