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Norman Doctor Pays $60,000 to Settle Civil Penalty Claims Stemming from Allegations of Recordkeeping Violations

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY – Ronnie Keith, DO (“Dr. Keith”), paid $60,000 to settle civil penalty claims stemming from allegations that he violated the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 and its regulations, announced United States Attorney Robert J. Troester.

Dr. Keith owns and operates Keith Medical Clinics with locations in Norman and Ardmore, Oklahoma. The United States alleges that from August 10, 2021, through August 10, 2023, Dr. Keith failed to maintain invoices for certain purchases of controlled substances and failed to document the date of receipt on certain receiving invoices. Dr. Keith also failed to maintain an initial inventory of all stocks of controlled substances on hand and failed to take a new inventory biennially. To resolve these allegations, Dr. Keith agreed to pay $60,000 to the United States.

In reaching this settlement, Dr. Keith did not admit liability, and the government did not make any concessions about the legitimacy of the claims. The agreement allows the parties to avoid the delay, expense, inconvenience, and uncertainty involved in litigating the case.

Recordkeeping is a vital part of managing controlled substances. Complete and accurate records help avoid diversions and losses of controlled drugs. A registrant who purchases controlled substances must comply with the inventory and purchase record requirements contained in the regulations implementing the Act. Failure to do so subjects the registrant to civil monetary penalties.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of Diversion Control. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ronald R. Gallegos and Amanda R. Johnson prosecuted the case.

Updated April 25, 2024