Former Kentucky Doctor Facing More Than 100 Lawsuits

11/17/2008 | Medical Malpractice

A former Kentucky doctor is facing more than 100 lawsuits arising out of an 8-month stint at a West Virginia hospital. According to the December 1, 2006 Lexington-Herald Leader, the former Kentucky doctor testified in a West Virginia courtroom on Friday. Associated Press writer Lawrence Messina wrote King testified “he has no fixed address, has not worked since early November and lost his tax records when his accountant's office burned down.” Messina also recounted “Christopher Wallace Martin, the osteopath previously known as John A. King, also told Putnam County Circuit Judge Ed Eagloski that he has set up more than a dozen corporations, trusts and other legal entities since 1999. He then assigned them such assets as his Volvo autos and the $400,000 house he bought while at Putnam General. These various entities include a trust and a limited liability company in Costa Rica, a tax-exempt charity, and trusts named Bonemaker, Bonelover and Bonecrusher. He testified that most now have assets worth less than $10,000.” Another article written on December 1, by Associated Press writer Jay Reeves, reported King was also having problems in Alabama. He was fined $2,500 in Alabama “after medical officials determined he committed fraud to obtain a license…” Reeves also reported “King failed to reveal on his application that he was under investigation by medical officials in New York and Michigan, the board found, although he did report problems in West Virginia and Texas. Records show the Medical Licensure Commission of Alabama asked the board to revoke King's license, but members let him continue practicing.” He was fired the following week for allegedly overdosing a patient. King’s Kentucky license expired earlier this year.