Owner of facility linked to Kenny Chatman gets 14 year-sentence


The owner of a Broward County-based drug treatment center linked to Kenny Chatman was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to illegally prescribing drugs.

Chatman had contracted with Richard Fernando Botero, the owner of Deerfield Medical Center and New Life Treatment Center, to provide treatment for patients at Chatman’s corrupt drug treatment center, Reflections, according to Botero’s plea agreement.

Two of Botero’s employees also were sentenced Wednesday. Anna Julia Cuartas, who described herself as a nurse but wasn’t licensed and had no training, pleaded guilty to illegally prescribing drugs and was given a 12-year sentence. Katherine Gonzalez, a receptionist, was sentenced to time served after pleading guilty to obstructing a federal health care investigation.

Botero hired two doctors whose medical licenses were revoked. One of them was Dr. Donald Willems, an osteopath. Botero contracted with Chatman to have Willems work at Chatman’s facility, where Willems later admitted to signing off on unnecessary drug, allergy and DNA tests for Chatman’s patients. Willems was sentenced to 10 years in prison in June.

Cuartas filled out prescriptions for painkillers without the patients ever seeing a doctor, according to Botero’s plea agreement. She and Botero also ordered prescription pads for both doctors even though they knew neither doctor could prescribe controlled substances.

Without the help of Willems and other doctors, Chatman could not have turned his small-time treatment center into a multimillion-dollar operation, with a second location in Lake Worth and sober homes throughout South Florida.

The treatment centers were shams, with phony doctors assigning phony treatment to patients, some of whom overdosed and died while in his care. And Chatman’s sober homes were houses of horror, where some female patients were held captive and forced into prostitution.

His treatment centers, first exposed in a 2015 Palm Beach Post investigation, have since generated national attention. Chatman is appealing his 27-year prison sentence.



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