Tennessee Doc Guilty; His Baseball Cards May Be Set Free

A federal jury in Memphis has found a Tennessee doctor and card collector guilty of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.  His vintage baseball cards and sports memorabilia may wind up in a government auction.

Dr. Ross DubruleThe indictment charged Ross Dubrule, 62,  with participating in a conspiracy to illegally distribute Schedule II and III controlled substances from December of 1998 through August of 2004 by issuing written prescriptions for the drugs outside the usual course of medical practice and for no legitimate medical purpose.

The indictment also charged him with 44 counts of unlawful distribution of the controlled substances Loritab and Loracet Plus, which are classified as Schedule III controlled substances, and Percocet, which is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance, between September of 2002 and August of 2004.  In each instance the indictment charged that the controlled substances were distributed by way of a written prescription issued outside the usual course of medical practice and for no legitimate medical purpose.

The jury also ruled that Dubrule must forfeit over $1 million in assets including what’s believed to be a large collection of vintage baseball cards including a Mickey Mantle rookie, a number of T206 and Goudey cards and a World Series ring.

The clinic, as described by prosecutors, was a cash-only business that had more than 60 people per day showing up to pay $90 per visit for illegally distributed prescriptions.

Dubrule was taken into custody immediately following the verdict. Kim Dubrule, his wife and assistant, was convicted on one count of conspiracy and allowed to remain on bond pending sentencing.

Sentencing in the case for both defendants is set for Tuesday, November 16, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. before United States District Judge S. Thomas Anderson in Memphis.