Facilities tied to city doctor raided by feds

Three facilities tied to an Altoona doctor were raided by federal authorities as “part of an ongoing federal investigation,” according to a statement Wednesday from U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton.

Hickton’s office would not elaborate on the investigation beyond its active status. Lighthouse Medical facilities at 300 E. Walnut Ave. and 301 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd. in Altoona were raided, as was 203 Stone Ridge Road in Hollidaysburg.

Agents from the FBI, Health and Human Services and the IRS executed search warrants at the locations, all owned by Dr. John Johnson. Margaret Philbin, spokeswoman for Hickton’s office, said in an email that the Department of Justice could not confirm how many agents were involved or exactly when the raids occurred, only that they happened in the “morning.”

The East Walnut Avenue location also serves as offices for Johnny on the Spot and Johnny Foods.

Neither Johnson or his representatives could be reached for comment on Wednesday. Employees at Lighthouse Medical declined to comment on the raid.

According to a biography posted on the website for Caring Healthcare Network, which partners with Tyrone Hospital to run a rural health clinic in Philipsburg, Johnson specializes in pain management and anesthesiology. He co-founded The Keystone Headache and Pain Management Center at Tyrone Hospital, which merged with Central Pennsylvania Pain Management in 2012, according to the hospital’s website.