Tennessee Doctor Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements and Failing to Keep Proper Medical Records
Johnson City, Tennessee doctor Michael Dube entered a guilty plea last week in Federal Court in Greeneville, Tennessee, for omitting material information from records required to be kept under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and making a false statement in connection with the renewal of his registration with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee. Dube, who is already on probation with the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners, faces up to nine years in prison and possible fines up to $500,000.
Per his plea agreement, Dube used his DEA registration to obtain prescription pain medication from drug suppliers which he then consumed himself. Further, he kept no records of the disposition of the drugs as required by the CSA and DEA regulations. Dube later confessed to DEA diversion investigators in March 2009 that he consumed the drugs himself and kept no records as to their distribution and disposition as required by statute and regulation, although he knew he was required to do so.
A medical practitioner must renew their DEA registration every three years, and Dube failed to answer his registration application accurately. In particular, one liability question on the application asks whether the applicant has ever surrendered (for cause) or had a state professional license or controlled substance registration revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, or placed on probation. Despite being placed on a 5-year probationary sentence in 2007, Dube answered "NO" to this question. The plea agreement states that at the time Dube made the representation, he knew that his state professional license had been placed on probation and that his answer to the question was false.
"This is a case where Dr. Dube had multiple opportunities to comply with state regulatory requirements and obey federal law. He has chosen not to do either . We will continue our efforts to help eradicate the illegal prescription pill distribution problem by focusing on the medical professionals and others who act outside of their licensed authority," said U.S. Atty. Bill Killian.