TV Special on Kenny Chatman, Florida Human Trafficker, Airs July 2

Anyone who remembers the story of Kenny Chatman will no doubt remember the terrible name he gave to meth and opioid rehab in Florida. However, for those who don’t remember, CNBC will be featuring his story in the true-crime program American Greed on July 2, 2018. The episode is titled ‘Florida Rehab Gone Wild’ Season 12, episode 160. Chatman, now 47, used a string of drug rehab clinics and treatment centers he owned in order to traffic women. He would keep addicts addicted to drugs and charge insurance companies for the treatment, and use his female clients as prostitutes, and use sober homes as brothels, filled with drugs.

In an interview from the episode Maria Villafana, an assistant U.S. attorney said “Kenny Chatman saw an opportunity, saw a chance to make a lot of money, and didn’t care who he hurt to make that happen. Kenny Chatman plead guilty to charges of:

  • Health-care fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Human Trafficking

Several others have been implicated and charged in the related schemes including Lawrence Weisberg, an attorney involved in the insurance scheme as well as Dr. Arman Abovyan, the medical director of two of Chatman’s treatment centers. Dr. Abovyan was set to be tried alongside Tina Barbuto, a 39-year-old Boynton beach resident who ended up pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud. The centers invovled in the sentencing are ‘Journey to Recovery’ and ‘Reflections Treatment Center’.

The high profile case might be the most notorious among the crackdown of fraudulent treatment centers in South Florida. While practices of ‘patient brokering’ and false advertising have been far too common in our industry, Chatman took his business to new lows, not only providing subpar care but actively harming the most vulnerable among us. Since the Sober Home Taskforce, lead by Dave Aronberg was formed, the crackdown on malpractice in the treatment space has caused many centers to reform or simply close their doors for fear of state prosecution. The regulation the industry desperately needs has slowly come to the state and is quickly becoming one of the safer and more regulated places to send those in need of addiction treatment.

Authorities were presumably tipped off by a news story posted by The Palm Beach Post, which Chatman attempted to sue for defamation before being arrested. He is now serving a 27-year federal sentence at the Coleman medium-security prison in Sumterville. The special will air at 10 p.m. EST.

The saga of Kenny Chatman, a symbol of South Florida’s largely corrupt drug treatment industry, will be featured Monday on the CNBC true-crime series American Greed.

As detailed in stories first reported by The Palm Beach Post, Chatman trafficked women through his chain of corrupt South Florida sober homes and drug treatment centers.

Reporter Lawrence Mower, who wrote the initial stories before prosecutors went after Chatman, will be featured in Monday’s episode. The show starts at 10 p.m.

“Kenny Chatman runs a string of corrupt drug rehab facilities in South Florida stealing millions by keeping insured addicts hooked on drugs. His sick plans include turning patients into prostitutes and sober homes into drug-fueled brothels,” the network said in a press release.

Chatman, 47, is serving a 27-year federal sentence at the Coleman medium-security prison in Sumterville. Click Here to Continue Reading

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