A former Goldtown resident now incarcerated at the Southern Regional Jail was charged last week with 25 felony counts of obtaining prescriptions through fraud for allegedly using a false name to obtain drugs at a Ripley pain clinic.


A former Goldtown resident now incarcerated at the Southern Regional Jail was charged last week with 25 felony counts of obtaining prescriptions through fraud for allegedly using a false name to obtain drugs at a Ripley pain clinic. 

James Richard Haney, 43, currently incarcerated on a parole violation in Raleigh County was charged with 25 counts of obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, or subterfuge for allegedly obtaining 25 prescriptions under a false name between November 2007 and February 2009. 

According to the complaint filed by Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Captain Herb Faber, on March 4, 2009, Faber spoke with an informant who said that Pete Pardon (Haney), then a resident of Goldtown, was in possession of numerous identification documents bearing various names and was also selling Oxycontin pills obtained from Dr. Paul Nielson of Ripley. 

The following day, Faber learned that Kenneth Brantley, a neighbor and close associate of Pardon, had been arrested in Decatur County, TN, and was found to be in possession of a computer, printer, blank check stock, and other items indicating that Pardon was involved in counterfeiting documents. 

On March 10, 2009, Faber searched a black suitcase, allegedly belonging to Pardon, which had been left at Brantley’s Goldtown residence.  Inside the suitcase, Faber allegedly found dozens of items indicating that the individual known as Pardon had been producing fraudulent documents, filing false income tax returns, and issuing counterfeit checks.  Among the items in the suitcase were income tax returns and a Florida driver’s license belonging to Wayne Hilton Ivey and a Ripley Pain Clinic appointment card. 

On March 17, Faber spoke with Dr. Neilsen who indicated that Wayne Ivey, later identified as Haney, had been a patient at Neilsen’s clinic. 

Faber then obtained WV Board of Pharmacy records indicating that Wayne Ivey had over time obtained 25 prescriptions from Neilsen for various painkillers including Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Oxycontin, and Endocet and that the prescriptions were filled at pharmacies in both Jackson and Kanawha Counties. 

Faber determined that the real name of the man in question was James Richard Haney, who sometimes used the aliases Wayne Ivey, Peter Pardon, and Jimmy Ervin.

During the course of his investigation, Faber discovered that Haney was apprehended in Texas after being caught attempting to purchase a motorcycle using a counterfeit check.  Haney was convicted and sentenced to prison for that crime in Texas but was released in December. 

Following his release, Haney was transferred to the Southern Regional Jail in Raleigh County for violating his parole. 

After learning that Haney was now in the custody of the West Virginia Regional Jail Association, Faber obtained warrants for Haney’s arrest on the prescription fraud charges. 

Haney was arraigned last week in Magistrate Court where bond was set at $30,000 per charge; total bond amount was $750,000. 

Further investigation into Haney’s background has revealed that he is wanted in various other states and may also be a target of federal investigation for counterfeiting crimes.