A federal jury has convicted Arlington doctor Clinton Battle, 68, on one count of conspiring to distribute controlled substances and one count of distributing a controlled substance.
Authorities say Dr Battle has routinely issued prescriptions for controlled substances – including hydrocodone, alprazolam, acetaminophen with codeine, tramadol and phentermine – outside the usual course of professional practice and without legitimate medical purpose.
Investigators found that Battle issued prescriptions for controlled substances without performing any medical examinations, sometimes requiring office staff to issue prescriptions for the controlled substance desired by the patient.
The newly convicted doctor also issued prescriptions for friends or family members with whom he had no doctor-patient relationship.
“Dr. Battle and his accomplices knowingly spread the abuse of prescription drugs by distributing powerful pain relievers to people who did not need them,” said Acting US Attorney Prerak Shah. “The United States Attorney’s Office is proud to partner with the DEA and other law enforcement agencies to stop unscrupulous pill sellers like Dr. Battle in their tracks.”
“As we continue to lose lives due to the abuse and misuse of prescription drugs, we look to our healthcare professionals for sound advice, professionalism and integrity,” said the special agent in charge of DEA Dallas, Eduardo A. Chávez. “Dr. Battle and his conspirators broke that oath for one purpose: greed. Today’s conviction is a testament to the work of our investigators, prosecutors and law enforcement partners who will continue to protect the lives of our family.”
During the five-day trial, one of Dr Battle’s former employees testified that she, her husband and Dr Battle agreed that Dr Battle would provide the employee’s husband with illegal prescriptions for controlled substances in return. of cocaine.
In addition to cocaine, the evidence also showed that Dr. Battle would receive money in the form of fees paid by “patients” of $ 200 for a first visit and $ 80 for return visits in exchange for prescriptions of controlled substances.
Dr Battle also authorized his nurse practitioner, co-conspirator Donna Green, to use her DEA registration number and medical credentials to issue prescriptions for controlled substances, knowing that Ms Green was not not legally authorized to issue such orders.
On the morning the trial was due to begin, Ms. Green pleaded guilty to one count of fraudulent acquisition of a controlled substance.
Throughout the five-year conspiracy, Dr. Battle has issued over 50,000 prescriptions for controlled substances, including 17,000 for the potent opioid hydrocodone.
Dr Battle faces up to 15 years in federal prison and his sentencing hearing has been set for October 28, 2021.