Monday, February 22, 2010

Livingston Pharmacist Pleads Guilty In Drug Case

The owner of an Overton County pharmacy has pleaded guilty to six felony counts, including TennCare fraud, in Overton County Criminal Court. The Office of Inspector General announced the plea on Monday, which was entered in the courtroom of Judge David Patterson. 65-year-old pharmacist Malcolm D. Clark of Livingston pleaded guilty to: one count of sale of the painkiller oxycodone; one count of fraudulently obtaining dihydrocodeine, a painkiller described as twice as strong as codeine ; one count of TennCare Fraud; one count of Theft of Property over $10,000; and two counts of unlawfully dispensing . Clark was ordered to pay over $248,000 to the Overton County Sheriff's Department, more than $48,000 in restitution to TennCare, more than $47,000 to the Office of Inspector General, and $39,000 to Overton County. All firearms and ammunition seized from Clark were also surrendered to the Overton County Sheriff's Department. Clark was further ordered to 'retire' his Tennessee Pharmacy license, and forfeit the building in which his pharmacy was located to the Overton County Sheriff's Department. But he got no jail time. In the plea agreement, Clark was sentenced to ten years of supervised probation. During sentencing, Judge Patterson said Clark had, in his words, "Breached the family values of the Overton County community and contributed to the devastation in the Upper Cumberland concerning drug abuse and addiction." Judge Patterson also cautioned the former pharmacist against any probation violations during the next ten-year sentence. Clark was indicted in October 2007 on over 300 counts of drug related charges. The indictments stemmed from numerous undercover investigations led by Detective Greg Etheredge, who is now Chief of Police in the City of Livingston.