Corpus Christi doctor gets probation for keeping false prescription records

Posted at 5:25 PM, Jul 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-17 18:25:27-04

A Corpus Christi doctor has been sentenced to probation for giving false information in a record of controlled substances he prescribed.  Dr. Michael Jerome Pendleton, 51, pleaded guilty in April of this year to not including all information on record about controlled substances he was prescribing to patients.

Pendleton’s practice went under investigation in September 2013 for his prescription writing practices.  Law enforcement went undercover to his clinic multiple times and reported that he prescribed hydrocodone.

In November 2016, police raided his clinic office and seized several documents.  The investigation revealed that he omitted information that he was required to provide in his records.  

Read more:  Local doctor’s office raided by DEA

In February 2017, the Texas Medical Board found Pendleton was operating an unregistered pain clinic and that he had surrendered his Drug Enforcement Administration registration license.

Dr. Pendleton was sentenced to 5 years probation and fined $5,000. He also had a special condition imposed to perform 100 hours of community service within his first 2 years of probation.