A former clinical director at the notorious drug rehab center run by Kenneth “Kenny” Chatman was sentenced Wednesday to four years and nine months in federal prison.
Barry Gregory was responsible for overseeing treatment plans at Chatman’s Reflections Treatment Center in Margate. But he largely turned a blind eye to problems there; he admitted in February to signing orders for patients to take unnecessary urine and saliva tests, and he ordered DNA and allergy tests regardless of whether patients complained of allergies.
He also said that as many as 90 percent of Reflections’ patients were using drugs.
Gregory pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud and knowingly falsifying a matter involving health care programs.
He joins seven others, including Chatman’s wife, Laura, who have pleaded guilty to various federal crimes related to Chatman’s drug treatment centers.
Chatman, first exposed in a 2015 Palm Beach Post story, created Reflections in a central Broward County strip mall in 2013. In Palm Beach County, he ran a series of sober homes that were notorious drug dens. He admitted in March to turning some of his female patients into prostitutes, pimping them out on websites like Craigslist and Backpage.
Chatman built Reflections into a multimillion-dollar treatment center, and Gregory, a licensed mental health counselor, was instrumental in making that happen.
Chatman hired him in July 2015 to a position where Gregory would oversee addicts’ treatment and counseling. But Chatman was the one who dictated which patients were admitted and how they were treated, Gregory admitted.
When he was hired, Reflections was still on probation with the Department of Children and Family Services. Gregory was the one who filled out the forms to get Reflections fully licensed. To do so, he helped hide the business under Chatman’s wife’s name. As a felon, Chatman couldn’t legally own or operate a treatment center.
When Chatman wanted to open a second treatment center, Journey to Recovery in Lake Worth, Gregory again helped him fill out the forms, knowing that Chatman, and not Laura, was the real owner of the business.
Federal prosecutors said Gregory has shown remorse for his actions.
“While the defendant has not yet completed his cooperation, he has fully accepted responsibility, recognized his wrongdoing and shown true remorse, and assisted significantly in the investigation,” federal prosecutors wrote in a recent filing.
Chatman and his wife are scheduled to be sentenced May 17. He faces up to life behind bars. Laura Chatman faces up to 10 years in prison.