4 ar­rests in sober homes in­quiry

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - LOCAL - By Adam Sa­casa Staff writer

Four Del­ray Beach sober home op­er­a­tors were ar­rested af­ter be­ing ac­cused of tak­ing more than $300,000 in kick­backs for re­fer­ring pa­tients, au­thor­i­ties say.

Ac­cord­ing to ar­rest re­ports, the men were paid $500 or $1,000 for each pa­tient they placed into sober homes.

Florida’s pa­tient-bro­ker­ing statute makes it il­le­gal for any­one to “of­fer or pay any com­mis­sion, bonus, re­bate, kick­back, bribe or any split-fee ar­range­ment to get pa­tients to a health care­provider.” Palm Beach County sher­iff’s deputies on Sun­day ar­rested Palm Beach Gardens res­i­dents Adam Lahr, 25, and his brother, Eric Lahr, 28, who both own Van­tage. Deputies also ar­rested Kristo­pher Bayne, 28, of Del­ray Beach, who owns Guid­ing Light Prop­er­ties, on Fri­day. Del­ray Beach Po­lice ar­rested John Dudek, 55, ofBoca Ra­ton, whoowns South­ern Palms Oa­sis, on Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to ar­rest re­ports.

A Sober Home Task Force searched an­other fa­cil­ity, Chap­ters Re­cov­ery, in De­cem­ber and found checks ad­dressed to the Lahr broth­ers dated from March to Oc­to­ber 2016 and to­tal­ing about $185,900. Checks found with Bayne’s name to­taled about $94,200 and checks ad­dressed to Dudek, dated from April to Oc­to­ber 2016, to­taled $44,900, ac­cord­ing to the ar­rest re­ports.

AdamandEric Lahrwere booked and re­leased from Palm Beach County Jail af­ter post­ing $30,000 bond. Bayne was re­leased af­ter post­ing $99,000 bond and Dudek­was held on $30,000 bond.

asacasa@sun-sen­tinel.com

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