Pain clinic mastermind arrested on federal charges

Published: Jan. 15, 2013 at 3:09 AM EST|Updated: Mar. 1, 2013 at 4:28 AM EST
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Ernest William Singleton was arrested Monday, January 14, 2013. (Source: Lexington Community...
Ernest William Singleton was arrested Monday, January 14, 2013. (Source: Lexington Community Corrections).
Attorney General Jack Conway
Attorney General Jack Conway
The clinic in Jeffersonville.
The clinic in Jeffersonville.

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - Neighbors in Jeffersonville, Indiana cried foul over a pain management clinic and now a different state is getting involved in their fight.

The Clark County Management Center operated without any sort of sign along East Maple Street since the summer of 2012. Indiana's Attorney General order its license to be revoked in December of 2012 after an investigation.

Now Kentucky's Attorney General is filing criminal charges against the person they call the mastermind behind the southern Indiana clinic as well as two others in the Commonwealth.

"18 months we've been working this case," said Indiana Attorney General Jack Conway.

Monday morning, things escalated with the warrant and arrest of 44-year-old Ernest William Singleton.

"He's been charged with conspiracy to distribute and traffic oxycodone as well as conspiracy to launder funds from October 2010 to January 2013," Conway said.

Conway believes Singleton is the mastermind behind three so-called pain management clinics.

"We just saw a large volume of pain killers being trafficked and we had it happening in Georgetown and we had it happening in Dry Ridge. This particular individual has closed up shop at those two locations but has re-opened in southern Indiana," Conway said.

As the heat was on Singleton in Kentucky, investigators say he fled his operation to Indiana where prosecutors say workers issued nearly 8,000 prescriptions for Oxycodone inside an unmarked brown building off of East Maple Street.

Moving from one state to another made it a prescription for federal charges.

The suit also says medical boards will be reviewing the licenses of five doctors associated with those three clinics, but it isn't clear if they will be facing any criminal charges.

Singleton was arrested by the Washington County Sheriff's Department Monday morning and is behind bars in Lexington. A court date has not yet been set.

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