LEETONIA, Ohio (WYTV) – Multiple locations connected to Braking Point Recovery Center in Austintown were raided Wednesday by law enforcement.
About 100 agents arrived about 9 a.m. at the center on Route 46 but said they can’t release much information about the investigation right now.
“This is a multi-agency, ongoing investigation so we do, obviously, have law enforcement activity going on today. We’re lawfully here, it’s ongoing and everything is sealed so I can’t really go into specifics,” said FBI Special Agent Vicki Anderson.
Some with ties to Braking Point told WKBN 27 First News that they have had billing and Medicaid issues with the facility but FBI agents would not confirm that.
“I can’t tell you that. Obviously, this investigation has been ongoing and it has brought us to this point,” Agent Anderson said.
The Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Medicaid Fraud Unit, FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency, Pharmacy Board, Board of Health and Human Services, Internal Revenue Service, and local authorities executed search warrants at the Leetonia home of Ryan Sheridan, who runs the Austintown center, a business Sheridan is affiliated with in Columbus, and another home on Stark Drive in Austintown.
FBI agents said no one was arrested Wednesday., but they want to learn more about Braking Point and its clients, a number of whom could be seen standing outside the agency’s outpatient clinic.
The FBI wants to learn more about Braking Point and its clients, a number of whom could be seen standing outside the agency’s outpatient clinic.
“What we are doing is asking the public if you have information or concerns about Braking Point Recovery Center, we asking you to call the FBI office,” Anderson said.
Braking Point clients should call the FBI at 216-522-1400 with any questions.
Braking Point is still open and taking clients, though employees have been told that no one was allowed to leave the facility until the search was complete.
Lawyers for Braking Point Recovery and Ryan Sheridan responded with the following statement:
At this point, we are unaware of the extent of the investigation, and until we have a better understanding of its scope, we are simply unable to provide any information at this time. We are hopeful that Braking Point can continue its operations to serve the community.”