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Court slates hearing in Relyea complaints

By LYNNDA JOHNSON
Sun Advocate editor

The 7th District Court has set a July 19 preliminary hearing in the criminal complaints charging a doctor who practiced medicine in Price with unlawfully distributing a schedule one or schedule two narcotic, unlawful possession/use of a controlled substance and insurance fraud.

On June 4, Randall Matthew Relyea appeared before Judge George M. Harmond to answer the 27 counts contained in the five criminal informations.

Carbon County Attorney Gene Strate acted as the state prosecutor at the court proceeding and Michael Petro represented the 40-year-old defendant at Relyea's initial appearance in the felony level cases.

At the conclusion of Monday's proceeding, Judge Harmond scheduled the preliminary hearing on July 19 at 9 a.m. at the district court in Price.

The county attorney filed the five complaints charging Relyea with 14 felony level counts and 13 misdemeanor category charges on May 9.

The state prosecutor indicated that all 27 offenses stem from evidence collected during an ongoing investigation conducted into the defendant's alleged criminal activities by the Carbon Metro Drug Task Force.

•The first case charges Relyea with two separate counts.

The offenses include one first degree felony distributing or arranging the distribution of a schedule one or schedule two narcotic within 1,000 feet of a public school, park, church or shopping mall count and one class B misdemeanor category fraudulent insurance act charge.

•The second criminal information filed against the defendant contains a single third degree felony unlawful possession/use of a controlled substance offense.

The complaint identifies the controlled substance in question as Percocet, a prescribed pain medication.

•The third complaint charges Relyea with two first degree felony distributing/arranging the distribution of a controlled substance counts and two class B misdemeanor insurance fraud offenses.

•The fourth case filed against the defendant contains six first degree felony distributing/arranging the distribution of a controlled substance charges and six class B misdemeanor insurance fraud offenses.

•The fifth criminal information charges Relyea with two first degree felony distributing/arranging the distribution of a schedule one or schedule two narcotics counts as well as two class B misdemeanor fraudulent insurance act offenses.

•The last formal criminal case filed against Relyea contains two separate first degree felony distributing/arranging the distribution of a controlled substance charges along with two additional class B misdemeanor category insurance fraud offenses.

On March 14, drug task force representatives arrested and booked Relyea into the county jail on the drug-related charges. The Carbon County Sheriff's Office released the defendant from official custody on March 15 after the subject posted $15,000 in bondable bail.

Following the criminal suspect's arrest, the sheriff's office indicated that Relyea operated a medical practice in Price, but apparently resides in Springville.






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