Rockland methadone clinic owner files for bankruptcy

Posted Aug. 24, 2010, at 7:41 p.m.

ROCKLAND — The owner of the recently closed Rockland methadone clinic, who was charged last month with possession of cocaine, has filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

About a week after her July 13 arrest on the felony drug charge, Angel Fuller-McMahan, 42, filed the bankruptcy paperwork with the U.S. District Court in Bangor.

Just three days after Fuller-McMahan’s arrest, another employee of the substance abuse clinic, Turning Tide, was summoned for attempted cocaine possession. Police said their investigation revealed that Carol Gardiner, 47, of Thorndike, who worked as a counselor at the clinic, had been buying cocaine with Fuller-McMahan.

In her bankruptcy filing on July 21, Fuller-McMahan listed about $1.8 million in assets and $910,000 in liabilities. She also listed herself as the primary shareholder of the $400,000 Turning Tide methadone clinic.

In the court documents, Fuller-McMahan stated that she does not “own or have possession of any property that poses or is alleged to pose a threat of imminent and identifiable harm to public health or safety.”

But on Aug. 19, law enforcement officials shut down the methadone clinic, citing an unspecified threat to public health and safety.

According to federal Drug Enforcement Agency spokesman Anthony Pettigrew, an investigation by the agency determined that “Turning Tide’s continued registration to dispense controlled substances constitutes an immediate danger to public health and safety.”

Maine has permanently revoked the clinic’s license based on the federal investigation, Guy Cousins, director of the Maine Office of Substance Abuse, told the Bangor Daily News last week. Most of the approximately 280 drug-addicted Turning Tide clients have sought help from other clinics.

According to the bankruptcy documents, Fuller-McMahan reported making about $15,950 per month from the clinic and income from the property, and listed her expenses at about $14,955.

Fuller-McMahan also reported owning her Owls Head house, a lobster store, property near the lobster store, a Rockland property, a $35,000 diamond engagement ring and three cars.

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