Former Georgetown doctor enters guilty plea in pill case

By: Whitney Wetzel Email
By: Whitney Wetzel Email

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - Central Kentucky Bariatric and Pain Management used to be located on East Side Drive in Georgetown, but a little over a year ago, it was forced to shut down because of legal issues. Now, a doctor who used to work there has plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone.

Court documents show Gregory White was a doctor at Ernest Singleton’s clinics in Georgetown and Dry Ridge between May 2011 and May 2012. Singleton owned the clinics, but is not a doctor.

According to White’s plea agreement, he prescribed mainly Oxycodone to a number of patients. On one occasion, White saw approximately 92 patients in a single day. Patients were charged approximately $250 for the first visit and $200 for each following visit.

The plea agreement states patients were scheduled for monthly appointments and no insurance was accepted at either clinic. It goes on to say, Singleton paid White $1,600 per day to spend no longer than five minutes with returning patients and 15 to 20 minutes with new patients.

An employee at a business next door says many times the parking lot would be full of patients waiting to see Dr. White.

“It would be difficult for patients to be able to find a parking space,” says Donna Koopman, office manager.

Both of Singleton’s clinics were shut down last summer after House Bill 1 was passed. It was created to address the prescription drug epidemic throughout Kentucky. A part of the bill was designed to put business owners, who aren’t doctors, but owned pain management clinics out of business.

“These types of facilities should be run by doctors. They shouldn’t be run by a person looking to make a dime off of someone who has an addiction problem,” says Allison Gardner Martin, Communications Director for Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway.

Once the bill went into effect, half of Kentucky’s 45 pain clinics shut down, including the two owned by Singleton. He was arrested in January and charged with prescription drug and money laundering conspiracies.

After a decade of seeing drug deaths rise, last year the Attorney General's office saw drug deaths go down.

“Certainly the passage of new legislation assisted in securing convictions in those cases," says Martin.

White faces up to 20 years in prison and a one million dollar fine. He will be sentenced in October.

Singleton is on trial in U.S. District Court, which was been ongoing since June.

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