Former M.E. pleads guilty in case
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Jun 04, 2013 | 1258 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A former Cleveland doctor pleaded guilty Monday to writing illegal prescriptions.

Dr. Norman Neal, a former Bradley County medical examiner, worked at a weight loss clinic in Georgia. The plea came as a result of investigations brought out in March 2011.

There were no active cases in Bradley County, but Neal had an address listed in Cleveland on Old Chattanooga Pike and a Cloud Springs Road address in Georgia.

He reportedly wrote prescriptions for hydrocodone for his own use regarding “restless leg syndrome,” according to media reports.

He was charged with 10 counts of signing blank prescriptions and faced 19 other counts, according to information provided by the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia. The Banner first reported Neal’s arrest March 2, 2011.

“Neal was arrested and charged with multiple counts involving the issuance of prescription medications under false pretenses. Officials from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Lookout Mountain Drug Task Force and Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at Doctors Health Center at 4213 Cloud Springs Road,” according to information provided by Catoosa County Sheriff Phil Summers after the arrest.

Summers said in 2011 that Neal was taken into custody without incident at the Doctors Health Center.

Neal was charged in Walker and Catoosa counties.

The investigation was the result of complaints received by law enforcement involving the issuance of prescriptions for hydrocodone to multiple individuals, according to Summers.

Neither the 10th Judicial Drug Task Force or Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations detectives had active cases involving allegations regarding Neal, according to reports.

The Georgia and federal investigation lasted two months. Neal was released on $150,000 bond after his arrest. Sentencing for the plea has not been set.