An Arlington physician routinely issued prescriptions for drugs without conducting a proper medical examination of patients, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas alleged.
At times, Dr. Clinton Battle approved prescriptions for controlled substances including hydrocodone, codeine, tramadol, Xanax and phentermine, without conducting any exam, according to an indictment handed up in U.S. District Court.
He sometimes told his office staff to issue prescriptions for whichever controlled substance the patient wanted, the indictment alleges.
In return, Battle received illicit drugs and other forms of payment.
A grand jury indicted Battle, 67, and two colleagues on June 17.
The indictment accuses Battle and Donna Green, his nurse practitioner, of a conspiracy to distribute controlled substances between January 2011 and April 2017.