Scott County

Doctor who worked in Georgetown pain clinic pleads guilty in pill case

A doctor who worked in pain clinics in Georgetown and Dry Ridge pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge that he conspired to distribute and dispense oxycodone "outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose."

Gregory Bruce White was paid $1,600 a day to work at Grant County Wellness Clinic three days a week and Central Kentucky Bariatric and Pain Management in Georgetown one day a week, beginning May 5, 2011, according to the plea agreement entered in U.S. District Court in Lexington.

Over the course of a year, White prescribed 5,700 doses of oxycodone, the document states.

He often signed blank prescription forms that staff members later filled in.

The clinics were owned by Ernest William Singleton, who is not a doctor, and Central Kentucky Family Pharmacy, where White was told to refer patients.

According to the plea agreement, Singleton told White — and other doctors working for him — to spend no more than five minutes with patients who had been seen before and 15 or 20 minutes with new patients.

White once saw about 92 patients in one day, the plea agreement said.

The clinics operated on a cash basis and didn't accept insurance. New patients were charged $250 for a first visit and $200 for each following visit. Patients were scheduled to come in on a monthly basis.

The plea agreement says White was an anesthesiologist who had to stop practicing for a while because of "a significant medical condition," which put him "in a financially unstable position" before he began working for Singleton.

White's medical license was suspended in May 2012 and later revoked by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure.

White, who is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 3, could face up to 20 years in prison, a fine of at least $1 million and three years' supervised release.

Singleton is facing a number of charges, including conspiracy to distribute oxycodone; conspiracy to distribute diazepam, and ultram; conspiracy to commit money laundering and maintaining drug-involved premises.

His trial has been ongoing in U.S. District Court since June 3.

Lee Ann Marlow, another doctor who worked in Singleton's clinics, pleaded guilty to conspiring to dispense oxycodone without a legitimate medical purpose on May 31. She faces up to 71 months in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced in September.