|By Jamie Satterfield, The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tenn.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
According to the indictment, Locklear operated two clinics from the same
A few weeks later, Locklear admitted to police he planted cocaine in the ex-employee's laundry hamper in retaliation and had more than
He was charged in state court with drug-related charges, and the
A federal probe followed and focused on the sleep clinic and the recovery clinic, where opiate-addicted patients were prescribed suboxone, an opioid designed to curb cravings and withdrawal side effects, the indictment showed.
The indictment stated Locklear employed medical assistants, none of whom were authorized by the
The indictment accuses Locklear of conspiring to rip off government-funded health care programs such as
"Locklear was physically absent from the medical practices during periods when the medical practices were open for business and providing medical services to patients who were enrolled in health care benefits programs, knowing that no employees at the practices were licensed to provide medical services in his absence," Assistant U.S. Attorney
U.S. Magistrate Judge
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