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Seeking Victims in the High Desert Clinic Investigation

Seeking Victims in the High Desert Clinic Investigation

The FBI and DEA are seeking to identify potential victims of Dr. Gary Charles Ridenour and nurse practitioner Derek Braddix of the High Desert Clinic located at 2152 Reno Highway in Fallon, Nevada. It is alleged that Ridenour and Braddix prescribed medications, including opioids and benzodiazepines, without legitimate medical purposes and without a physical exam to determine cause for medication. The clinic accepted cash as form of payment; however, patients utilized Medicare/Medicaid when purchasing prescriptions at local pharmacies.

If you were a patient of Ridenour and/or Braddix at the High Desert Clinic between January 1, 2016 and February 2019 and believe you have been affected by these alleged crimes, please complete this brief questionnaire. Your responses are voluntary but would be useful in the federal investigation and to identify you as a potential victim. Based on the responses you provide, you may be contacted by the FBI and/or DEA to provide additional information.

The FBI is legally mandated to identify victims of federal crimes that it investigates and provide these victims with information, assistance services, and resources.

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1. Were you prescribed hydrocodone (e.g., Norco) or alprazolam (e.g., Xanax) at High Desert Medical Clinic between January 1, 2016 and February 2019?

2. If yes, do you believe you have a medical condition that warranted the prescribing of hydrocodone and/or alprazolam?

3. Were you originally prescribed oxycodone and then told at the High Desert Medical Clinic that you needed to be switched to hydrocodone?

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The FBI is authorized to collect the information on this form by one or more of the following provisions: Title 28, United States Code, sections 533 and 534; Title 28, Code of Federal Regulations, section 0.85; and the Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance. The information requested will assist the FBI in providing you with assistance to which crime victims are entitled under federal law. You do not have to provide the requested information; however, failure to do so may hinder the FBI in providing you with crime victim assistance. The information collected on this form is protected by the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, Title 5, United States Code section 552a, and is maintained in the FBI’s Central Records System, DOJ/FBI-002, a description of which was published in the Federal Register at 63 Fed. Reg. 8671 (Feb. 20, 1998) and which may be viewed at