Dr. Ley remains in jail, Dollard makes bail
By Adam Aasen
A Carmel-based addiction doctor who was arrested in a massive “pill mill” operation on Friday, remains in jail on Tuesday with bail set at $1 million in both Hamilton and Howard counties.
Dr. Larry Ley has been accused of taking cash and carelessly handing out prescriptions for Suboxone, an opiate used to treat patients with painkiller addictions. He was arrested on Friday and was charged with 10 counts of dealing a controlled substance, a B felony, and one count of corrupt business influence, a C felony.
Ley’s attorney, James D. Crum, told the Current that his client faces the difficult task of trying to pay 10 percent of his $1 million Carmel bond. After that, Ley would have to meet his Howard County bail, which is cash only, so 10 percent isn’t allowed, he would need to pay the entire amount to be released.
Crum said it’s their position that the bond was set too high and there is a bond hearing on Thursday where they hope a judge will lower the amount. His initial hearing was on Monday where he automatically entered a plea of not guilty.
The attorney said Ley’s assets have a freeze on them at the time, as a result of the investigation. Authorities will pursue a forfeiture case to seize his assets.
Several other members of the drug operation were arrested and have been released. Andrew Dollard, an attorney who ran unsuccessfully for Hamilton County County, was charged in the case and was released on bond of $50,000.
Fellow doctors George Agapios and Ronald Vierk, who worked for Ley, were released on bonds of $425,000 and $175,000 respectively.
Yvonne Morgan, 61, of Eaton, was released on a bond of $35,000. Jessica Callahan, 37, of Muncie was released on a bond of $25,000.
As of Tuesday, the following defendants remained in custody:
- Cassy Lynn Bratcher, 37, of Carmel, with a bail set at $110,000.
- Derek Tislow, 41, of Avon, with a bail set at $200,000.
- Eric Ley, 38, of Noblesville, with a bail set at $70,000.
It’s too early to know what would happen to Ley’s medical license and Dollard’s law license, but both licenses are automatically suspended when you are arrested on felony charges.
Ley voluntary gave up his law license in 1995 due to an alcohol dependency. He has been arrested on the charges of driving while intoxicated in both 1995 and 2002. He reinstated his medical license in 2002.
Dollard received his law license in 2010 and was “active and in good standing” at the time of his arrest.
For more information on this case read: Drugs, money and politics: a look at the players in the Carmel drug raid