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9/25/2013 10:15:00 AM
FBI releases records to some Perales patients

Tom Collins
NewsTribune Senior Reporter

About 75 former patients of Dr. Constantino Perales got copies of their confiscated medical records Tuesday from the FBI, Peru police reported.
The FBI reached out to dozens of former patients who’d written to the agency requesting copies of records seized after the feds raided Perales’ Peru clinic and placed him in custody on drug charges.
Pat Sessler of Mendota is among the ex-patients who were instructed to show up Tuesday at Peru Police Department, which the FBI designated for records release, and soon walked out with her long-awaited charts.
“It went off without a hitch and they had people in and out pretty quickly,” Sessler said, noting there was a “standing-room only” crowd at times.
Sessler and other patients appear to have U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) to thank for Tuesday’s release.
Kinzinger, whose district includes La Salle County, issued a Sept. 13 letter to the FBI urging the bureau to expedite the release of records and to establish a rendezvous point.
“We’ve heard from constituents who were very thankful the FBI made the trip to Peru and released the records in a timely manner,” said Kinzinger spokesman Zach Hunter. “Our office is grateful for the FBI’s cooperation and we hope our constituents can get back to their normal lives as quickly as possible.”
Not all patients have their records, however.
Jeff Maurer of Peru said he wrote to the FBI but the reply he got was that the agency does not have his records. Authorities speculate his charts were not seized and still are tucked away in Perales’ shuttered offices.
Maurer said he contacted Perales’ attorney, Clay Campbell of Sycamore, to inquire about getting to the records. Campbell has not yet replied.
“At this point, I don’t have any idea how to take any of this,” Maurer said.

Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or courtreporter

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