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July 13, 2013

Agents raid Neshannock doctor’s office

NEW CASTLE — A Neshannock Township doctor’s office was the target of a federal raid this week.

Calls to the Wilmington Road offices of Allied Pain Treatment Center Friday went to voice mail. Patients told the New Castle News the office was not open.

Allied Pain Treatment, which operates out of a suite of offices on Noble House Road, is owned by Dr. Thomas A. Ranieri. He has two other offices in Ohio — one in Boardman and one in Columbus — that also were subject to the raid.

No one was arrested during the raids.

Agent James Ciotti of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation confirmed the raids Friday. He said the federal search warrants for the raid were under court seal, so he was unable to speak in detail about them.

However, Ciotti did confirm that multiple agencies were involved in conducting the raids. In Ohio, those consisted of his office, as well as the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the U.S. Inspector General’s Office, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, the Ohio Pharmacy Board, the Ohio Medical Board, Boardman police and the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation.

Although Ciotti said he could not speak of specifics involving the case, he cited the “remarkable level of cooperation” of all the agencies involved in the probe.

Disciplinary records from Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York list probation terms in 2000 and 2001 of Ranieri’s medical license. Ohio also suspended his license for at least 120 days at the time.

The records indicate Ranieri was misusing drugs while practicing medicine. Drugs cited included narcotics and anabolic steroids. The disciplinary action occurred while Ranieri was practicing in Scranton.

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