Owner of Kentucky Pain Clinics arraigned on additional drug trafficking and money laundering charges

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Updated: 3/20/2013 10:29 am
 

LEXINGTON Ky. — The owner of pain clinics in Georgetown, Ky., and Dry Ridge,

Ky., previously indicted for drug and money laundering offenses, was arraigned Tuesday

on additional federal charges.

According to the new charges, Ernest William Singleton, 44, allegedly bought

property, including a home and farm equipment, with proceeds he obtained from drug

trafficking. He has been charged with 11 new money laundering related offenses,

another drug conspiracy and three counts of distributing and dispensing controlled

substances. Specifically, Singleton allegedly conspired to distribute Diazepam and

Ultram outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical

purpose.

Singleton pleaded not guilty and his trial remains scheduled for June 3.

One of Singleton’s former medical facilities, the Grant County Wellness Center

located in Dry Ridge, was charged in the drug and money laundering conspiracies and for

maintaining a premise involved in drug trafficking.

These new allegations were presented in a superseding indictment, which is a

charging document that alters charges or information from a previous indictment. This is

the second superseding indictment filed in this case. Singleton was previously indicted

and remains charged with conspiracies to distribute oxycodone, distributing oxycodone

and conspiracy to launder funds.

According to the superseding indictment, Singleton used money he made from

illegally distributing and dispensing prescription drugs to buy a house in Willisburg, Ky.,

a boat, farmland and farm equipment.

In addition to the house, boat and farmland, the U.S. Government is seeking to

forfeit 6 vehicles, 27 firearms, more than 40 pieces of farm equipment, the proceeds of

the sale of livestock and hay, and more than $300,000 in cash and bank accounts. These

items allegedly either facilitated the crimes or were purchased with proceeds obtained

from the charged offenses.

Singleton’s other businesses charged in this case include Double D Holdings,

LLC, and S and R Medical Enterprises, LLC which owned Central Kentucky Bariatric

and Pain Management, and Central Kentucky Family Pharmacy, of Georgetown. These

businesses were previously indicted for either drug and/or money laundering conspiracies

along with other related charges.

Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Robert L.

Corso, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, Christopher A.

Henry, Special Agent in Charge of IRS, Criminal Investigation Division, Jack Conway,

Kentucky Attorney General, and Rodney Brewer, Commissioner of Kentucky State

Police, jointly made the announcement.

The investigation was conducted by the DEA, IRS Criminal Investigation

Division, the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office and Kentucky State Police. Assistant

U.S. Attorney Ron Walker represents the U.S. Attorney’s Office in this case.

Singleton faces up to 20 years in prison for the drug trafficking conspiracy and a

maximum of 20 years for the money laundering conspiracy. His businesses are subject to

pay fines if convicted. However, any sentences following conviction would be imposed

after the Court reviews the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statutes.

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