Union County medical clinic owner arrested in prescription drug fraud case

Kristi Walker (source: TBI)

MAYNARDVILLE (WATE) – A Union County woman faces charges she misused her position as owner and operator of a medical clinic to commit crimes including identity theft.

Kristi Lynn Walker, 45, is charged with three counts of identity theft, two counts of possession with intent to deliver, two counts of fraudulent attempt to obtain controlled substances, two counts of prescription fraud and one count of forgery.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says it began investigating Walker, the owner of Quality Medical Center in Maynardville, in February 2015. They and the Union County Sheriff’s Office, 8th District Attorney General’s Office, Tennessee Health Related Boards and 8th Judicial Drug Task Force allege that in May 2014, Walker used patient information to fraudulently obtain prescription pills for others.

The four-page indictment outlines this happened between September 2014 and December 31, 2014. Some of the controlled substances listed in this case include hydrocodone, testosterone and zolpidem.

Worry seems to be bubbling over for Richard Lewis of Maynardville, wotj his identity and personal information at the top of his mind.

“I know it’s kind of safe now. It’s scary,” he said.

Lewis had basic doctor appointments at Quality Medical Center in Maynardville in 2014. Hearing that the owner is facing serious charges from the TBI leads him to believe one thing.

“It’s about time somebody did something because I was hearing all kinds of stories from people who went there,” said Lewis.

The clinic on Maynardville Highway is not open.A letter dated May 9, 2016, says they moved locations. Staff at the new location in Corryton say Walker was not there and she’s working with her attorney.

Quality Medical Center’s Facebook page posted Thursday morning about the arrest saying, “These accusations are not true. Anyone who knows me knows that I would never do these things. I am going to prove to everyone I am innocent and continue to hold my head up for my family and my employees.”

“Where’s your trust? If you can’t trust your doctor or the clinic that you’re go to, who can you trust,” asked Lewis.

The Tennessee Department of Health has not yet responded to questions about the licensure of the clinic, but a spokesperson says it will be up to the Board of Pharmacy to decide what action, if any, might be necessary.

Walker has been released on $100,000 bond.

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