Ky. pain clinic owner arrested on charges of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and to launder funds

Ernest William Singleton, 44, former owner of the Grant County Wellness Clinic in Dry Ridge, Ky., was indicted Monday by Kentucky law enforcement for prescription drug and money laundering conspiracies.

Washington County, Ky. sheriff's arrested Singleton and charged him with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and conspiracy to launder funds from Oct. 2011 until Jan. 2013, according to the Kentucky Attorney General's office.

Singleton moved his business to Jeffersonville, Ind. after Kentucky passed a law requiring the owner of a pain management clinic to be a licensed physician.

Singleton's arrest was a joint effort between Attorney General Jack Conway's Department of Criminal Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service and Kentucky State Police. Prosecution of the case will be handled by the U.S. Attorney's office.

Under federal law Singleton could lose two residences under his name, one in Springfield, Ky. and another in Lawrenceburg, Ind. He also faces 20 years in prison for each count.

A date for Singleton's appearance in federal court has yet to be set.

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