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Judge denies release of former Braking Point Recovery owner

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The former owner of an Austintown addiction recovery clinic, described by federal prosecutors as a threat to the community, has been denied release from the Mahoning County Jail where he has been an inmate for the past four months.

In a sealed order handed down on Monday in the case of Ryan Sheridan,  U.S. District Judge Benita Pearson said in a docket entry, "No condition or combination of conditions will reasonably assure the appearance of the person as required and the safety of any other person and the community."

Last month, Sheridan asked Judge Pearson in to free him from the Mahoning County Jail where he has been held since March while waiting to go on trial for health care fraud, money laundering, and other charges.

Judge Pearson has sealed court documents related to Sheridan's latest motion for release.

Responding to an earlier motion for release, that was later withdrawn by Sheridan's attorney, the U.S. Attorney's Office filed a motion in opposition based on incidents that led to Sheridan's detention and what prosecutors called "the continued threat Mr. Sheridan presents to the community." The response did not elaborate on reasons why the U.S. Attorney considers Sheridan to be a threat.

Prosecutors also stated that they have learned that Sheridan has indicated that if he were to be released, he wouldn't obey restrictions to live at a residence proposed by his attorney, but instead return to where he lived at the time of his arrest. 

Ryan had been free on $20,000 bond following his arraignment in February.  That bond was revoked less than a month later after it was discovered that Ryan violated terms of probation by leaving Ohio without Judge Pearson's approval.

Six people, including Sheridan, were named in a 60 count federal indictment in February alleging that his Braking Point Recovery Center in Austintown billed Medicaid $48 million for drug and alcohol recovery services that were either not provided, not medically necessary, lacked proper documentation, or had other issues making them ineligible for reimbursement.

Sheridan, who has addresses in Girard and Leetonia, was also indicted by a Columbiana County Grand Jury on 14 felony charges of possession of drugs, and one misdemeanor charge. He is still awaiting trial in that case.

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