Friends Make the Man –
Nov. 16, 2018 – Between August 2014 and April 2015, Bruce conspired with Kenneth “Kenny” Knight, the owner of Axcess Medical Clinic in New Orleans East, to illegally provide patients with prescriptions for painkillers. Knight, a longtime advisor to former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, also pleaded guilty in January 2017 to his role in running a “pill mill.” He is set for sentencing Feb. 21, also before U.S. District Judge Barry W. Ashe.
During the time Bruce worked for Axcess, located in a suite at 9954 Lake Forest Boulevard, she wrote prescriptions for patients without conducting medical exams and, in some cases, without even seeing the patient, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office said. Court documents show that Bruce and Knight accepted cash only and drew a high volume of patients from Louisiana and neighboring states, splitting the profits between them. According to a January 2017 NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune report, a factual basis details the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s investigation into Axcess, noting that patients working undercover paid clinic staff $300 for an initial visit and $240 for follow-up visits.