Feds: Doctor illegally prescribed 500,000 oxycodone pills in two years

Posted at 6:19 PM, Apr 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-26 18:38:39-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A doctor convicted of conspiring to illegally distribute oxycodone to patients in Northern Kentucky will spend four years in federal prison, a judge ruled Thursday.

A news release from the Department of Justice states Alan Arnold Godofsky, 61, "conducted minimal exams, spending little time with patients" before prescribing more than 500,000 oxycodone pills over the course of his "relatively brief" time at Central Kentucky Bariatric and Pain Management Clinic in Georgetown, Kentucky. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Godofsky worked at the clinic for just two years.

His terse appointments were normal at the clinic, according to another doctor who worked there and claimed he was once pressured to see 92 patients in one day. 

Owner Ernest William Singleton told his staff to spend "no more than five minutes" with returning patients and charged those patients $200 cash for each visit after the first. (The first cost $250.) Doctors at the clinic ultimately prescribed more than 1 million oxycodone pills. 

Singleton was in 2013 convicted of drug trafficking, money laundering, conspiracy and maintaining a place for the purpose of distributing drugs. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

A federal jury sentenced Godofsky to five years, but he is required to serve only 85 percent of his sentence. He will remain under the supervision of the United States Probation Office for three years after his release.