Former Bartlett Doctor Pleads Guilty To Unlawfully
Distributing Perscription Drugs
Memphis, TN - Edward L. Stanton, III, the United States Attorney for the Western District of
Tennessee, announced today that on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, Michael A. Patterson, formerly a
physician practicing in the Memphis area, entered a guilty plea before Chief United States
District Court Judge Jon Phipps McCalla to two felony counts of unlawfully distributing
On November 1, 2011, a federal grand jury sitting in Memphis, Tennessee returned a 38 count
indictment charging Patterson with violating the federal Controlled Substances Act. The
indictment charged that Patterson was a medical doctor licensed to practice medicine in
Tennessee from 1997 until March 22, 2011, when his medical license was revoked by the
Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners. According to the indictment, Patterson practiced
medicine under the trade name Bartlett Psychiatric Center, PC, at 3189 Kirby-Whitten Road in
Bartlett, Tennessee. The indictment charged that the drugs illegally distributed by Patterson
included drugs classified as controlled substances under Schedules II, III and IV of the
Controlled Substances Act, and that the trade names of these drugs included Oxycontin,
Percocet, Adderall, Lortab, Vicoprofen and Xanax. According to the indictment, no controlled
substances in Schedules II and III which are determined to be prescription drugs may be
dispensed without a prescription.
Patterson pleaded guilty to Counts 2 and 37 of the indictment. Count 2 of the indictment charged
that Patterson unlawfully distributed 90 oxycodone tablets by issuing a written prescription for
the drugs outside the usual course of medical practice and for no legitimate medical purpose, in
violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1). Oxycodone, which is also sold
under the trade name Oxycontin, is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance under federal
law. The violation charged in Count 2 of the indictment is punishable by a term of imprisonment
of up to 20 years, a fine of $1,000,000, or both, together with a term of supervised release of at
least 3 years.
Patterson was charged in Count 37 of the indictment with unlawfully causing the distribution of
60 hydrocodone tablets by providing an individual identified in the indictment as "AS" with a
forged prescription, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1).
Hydrocodone, which is also sold under the trade names Lortab and Vicoprofen, is classified as a
Schedule III controlled substance under federal law. The violation charged in Count 37 is
punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to 10 years, a fine of $500,000, or both, together
with a term of supervised release of at least 2 years.
Sentencing in the case is set for Friday, August 17, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. before Chief Judge John
Phipps McCalla. Patterson faces a potential maximum sentence of 25 years imprisonment.
There is no parole in the federal system.
The case was investigated by Special Agent Warner Benson of the Drug Enforcement
Administration’s Memphis, Tennessee Office; Alaina Kring, formerly a Special Agent of the
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; Special Agent Doug Pate of the Tennessee Bureau of
Investigation; and Detective Bret Simonson of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant
United States Attorney Joe Murphy is prosecuting the case.