The Texas Medical Board placed a local doctor, who was convicted of falsifying prescription records, on a stayed suspension. 51-year-old Michael Jerome Pendleton agreed to the suspension. He will continue to practice medicine but will have to meet certain restrictions.
Pendleton shall not be able to reregister or otherwise obtain controlled substances registrations without Board approval.
He shall not treat patients for either acute or chronic pain as defined by Board rule.
His medical practice will be limited , including any office and inpatient practice, to a group or institutional setting approved in advance by the Board.
Pendleton shall not be permitted to supervise or delegate prescriptive authority to a physician assistant or advanced practice nurse or supervise a surgical assistant.
Starting in September 2013, law enforcement initiated an investigation into Pendleton’s practice for high number of prescriptions for controlled substances. In November 2016, Pendleton’s office was raided and several documents were seized. The investigation into those documents revealed Pendleton had omitted from his records information he was required to provide including the hydrocodone he had distributed to the undercover agents.
Pendleton pleaded guilty in April 2018 and was sentenced in July 2018. He avoided prison time and was sentenced to five years probation and fined $250,000. He was also ordered to perform 100 hours of community service of free medical care to those in need.