A sign on the door of the Louisville location informs customers it's "closed for the day."
Indiana State Police troopers block the parking lot at the Jeffersonville office.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - One of the physicians involved in Wednesday's raid of two Kentuckiana doctor's offices had his license restricted last year for writing improper prescriptions.
FBI agents searched two Physicians Primary Care facilities in Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind., carrying several boxes out of the offices and putting them into a truck Wednesday.
The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure barred Dr. John Baird from prescribing controlled substances in October after raising several concerns about his work. But Baird still wrote those prescriptions in Jeffersonville, said an employee who said she wasn't surprised to see the raid.
"I'm very concerned right now," said the employee, who asked not to be identified. "I don't want to be associated with a physician like that -- I don't think it's morally or ethically right."
The employee said three FBI agents stormed into the office with guns drawn Wednesday morning, directing patients and employees to separate areas. They were looking for evidence of medical fraud and prescribing narcotics, said the employee.
The United States Attorney's office in Louisville declined to say what the federal agents were seeking, citing the ongoing investigation. It's unclear whether anyone has been arrested.
Indiana State Police blocked entrances to the facility's parking lot
Wednesday, turning patients away from their scheduled appointments.
Across the river in Louisville, a sign on the South Dupont Square office
door told patients that the office was closed.
The Jeffersonville employee provided WAVE 3 News with a text message sent from managers that directed employees to "return to work as usual" Thursday. There would be a meeting at lunch about the raid, the text message said.
Baird didn't show up to work Wednesday, the employee said.
He maintains a medical license in Kentucky and Indiana, online records show, despite the Kentucky license board's decision to ban him from prescribing controlled substances.
"Each state operates independently," said Chad Elder, a Louisville attorney who isn't involved in this case but represents doctors in front of Kentucky's medical licensing board.
Kentucky has one of the strictest tolerances for prescribing uncontrolled substances because of the recent "pill mill law," but not every state punishes doctors equally, he said.
In Indiana, Baird is licensed to perform medical work at the
Jeffersonville location and at an office at 3541 Paoli Pike in Floyds
Knobs. No one was at that office Wednesday, and a neighbor said they
only see Baird a couple times a month. A sign out front says it's a
physical therapy business.
Jeffery Campbell of Louisville is listed as the owner of Physicians Primary Care. Wednesday, no one was at Campbell's home in a country club community in eastern Jefferson County. A Christmas tree remained in the home's foyer, and a newspaper was in the driveway.
Federal, state and local law enforcement personnel worked together on Wednesday's raid because it was conducted in two states.
A witness who asked not to be identified told WAVE 3 News an FBI agent spoke with her directly.
"He had just told us there was a federal search warrant and that's all they could tell us," the witness said. "They had made everybody leave the office this morning and wouldn't let nobody come through the parking lots. They had it blocked off."
The witness said it wasn't the first time she had seen police on the property that she shares with the Physicians Primary Care facility in Jeffersonville.
"Certain patients come over here and, you know, try to go to the back of our building," said the witness. "We would call the police and make reports and they would tell us that they were kind of investigating it, that they knew it was a pill mill but that there was nothing they could do at the time because everything was legal, you know, they were writing prescriptions."
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