Jeffersonville City Attorney Les Merkley said Monday he was unaware of any similar charges being pursued in Indiana.
He said the charges filed support one of the reasons why the city passed new regulations on pain management clinics and justifies where clinics located in the city.
Charges against Singleton are the result of an investigation by Kentucky's Department of Criminal Investigations, working in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service and Kentucky State Police, according to the release. Prosecution of this case is being handled by the U.S. Attorney's Office.
In addition to the indictment, Singleton, Double D and S&R Medical Enterprises are subject to the forfeiture of farm land, vehicles, businesses and other property that were acquired as proceeds of or used to facilitate the alleged crimes.
Search and seizure warrants were executed today at numerous locations including a Georgetown pharmacy co-owned by Singleton and two private residences in Springfield and Lawrenceburg, according to the release.
A court date for Singleton has not been set. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 20 years in prison on each count.
No physicians were named in this indictment, but the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure has taken disciplinary action against five doctors affiliated with the Central Kentucky Bariatric and Pain Management Center and Grant County Wellness Clinic, according to the release.
Two of the doctors have agreed to indefinite practice restrictions and must pay $10,000 fines for violating the Medical Practice Act, while one physician remains suspended pending final action by Kentucky’s license board.