In the city of Greeneville Tennessee a physician told the judge in a federal courtroom this week that he routinely tended to his patients while strung out on cocaine.
Doctor Robert W. Locklear, age 45, changed his “Not Guilty” plea to “Guilty” last Monday. He had been charged with Narcotic Distribution and Conspiracy to commit Health Care Fraud.
According to court records the Greenville Police Department was notified by the Comfort Inn motel that an abnormal amount “of short-stay visitors” could be seen entering and leaving Locklear’s rented room. The suspicion was late night drug sales.
Locklear, an internal medicine specialist, was taken into custody by investigators in June, 2013 by the Third Judicial Drug Task Force which conducted the operation along with Greeneville Police Department and the Greene County Sheriff’s Department.
At the time of his arrest, Locklear managed a narcotic abuse treatment clinic. He confessed in court that he became addicted to alcohol and cocaine himself, and would often leave untrained and/or unqualified staff members to perform physician-level treatments.
Locklear MD is expected to be sentenced in September.
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On Sept. 22, 2014, Doctor Robert Wayne Locklear, 43, of Greeneville, Tennessee was sentenced by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Court Judge, to serve 24 months in federal prison, for his convictions of Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine base (crack) and Conspiracy to Commit Healthcare Fraud. He was also ordered to pay $122,000 in restitution to TennCare and Medicare.