The pharmacist at the center of a major prescription pill distribution investigation has pleaded guilty to the illegal distribution of those pills as well as falsifying his tax returns.
Glenn Brooks, 74, of Brentwood, pleaded guilty in a federal court Monday to eight counts of unlawful distribution of hydrocodone and two counts of filing a false income tax return, according to a statement released by the office of Jerry E. Martin, U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.
The investigation that began with Metro police but later involved the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service, also led to the January 2007 arrest of then-Williamson County Sheriff Ricky Headley, as well as others.
Brooks owned and operated Brooks Pharmacy on Trousdale Drive in Nashville and, according to the government, admitted to purchasing almost 2 million hydrocodone and Lortab pills in 2005 and 2006 as part of his business before selling many of them for cash to persons without valid prescriptions.
As part of the plea agreement, Brooks also admitted not reporting income he received from those sales on both his personal tax documents as well as those of his pharmacy for 2005 and 2006, according to Martin’s office. That unreported income totaled about $84,289 for 2005 and $168,578 in 2006, all from the illegal sale of more than 530,000 pills.
A sentencing hearing for Brooks is set for Oct. 28.