Man accused of illegally operating drug rehab centers in 3 states

Clayton Alfred White, 42, is accused of illegally operating addiction recovery centers and distributing medication in North Myrtle Beach and parts of Georgia and North Carolina. | Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center
Clayton Alfred White, 42, is accused of illegally operating addiction recovery centers and distributing medication in North Myrtle Beach and parts of Georgia and North Carolina. | Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center
Caption: Rental property where White allegedly operated ‘Oceanside Recovery for Men' on 43rd Avenue in North Myrtle Beach. | Source: Google Earth
Caption: Rental property where White allegedly operated ‘Oceanside Recovery for Men' on 43rd Avenue in North Myrtle Beach. | Source: Google Earth

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A man is accused of illegally operating addiction recovery centers and distributing medication in North Myrtle Beach, among other charges.

Clayton Alfred White, 42, surrendered to the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety on Wednesday, Spokesman Pat Dowling confirmed.

Following an investigation that lasted "several months on the various addiction recovery centers White opened in parts of South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia," more than 10 charges were filed.

White has been charged with several drug violations, unlawfully practicing a regulated profession or occupation without a license, and falsely claiming to be a professional counselor.

View a PDF file of the complete police reports here: http://bit.ly/1wHtLrn 

The allegations of the illegal operation began as early as March 18, according to police records.

Clients stated White "advertised his residence as 'Oceanside Recovery for Men'" and "often gave prescribed and not prescribed medication under the belief that he was a licensed therapist/counselor and had medical training."

A victim listed in the police complaint stated she enrolled her son in 'Oceanside Recovery Center' from March 18 until May 30. Services were to include: "admission fees, weekly rent, OCD workbooks, food funds, motel room fees, medical care, addiction therapy, and on-site LPN staff to monitor clients and dispense medications."

The victim said she paid White a total of $5,835.48 for the 90-day program where none of the above services were ever provided.

Another victim listed in the report stated he enrolled his son from March 31 until August 6. The victim stated they paid more than $7,000, at no time were any of the promised services provided.

In addition to the services White provided, victims stated White claimed he was overseen by a board of directors and that a maximum of eight young men would be housed, but parents told police at one time, there were 18 clients, according to the report.

After some investigation, detectives said it was determined White was not a licensed doctor, clinician, or licensed medical practitioner of any sort, nor was he overseen by a board of directors.

A search warrant was executed by North Myrtle Beach Narcotics-Vice Detectives, along with DHEC and DEA on August 8, according to police.

Investigators say they witnessed "several individuals at the residence acting in various capacities from Assistant Director of the facility to the residents being cared for."

Six days later, a man listed in the report as an aide was arrested at a neighboring building.

More information is forthcoming as detective divisions continue the investigation.

The investigation

Police began investigating after the landlord of the property filed a report in August, stating she was denied access by White on several occasions. After hearing White was selling her furniture through various auctions, the landlord said she went inside the property and noticed more than $5,000 worth of furniture was missing.

The landlord said White tricked her by lying about his qualifications before agreeing to his lease. White began renting the home on 43rd Avenue in the beginning of the year, but never paid for his stay, according to the landlord.

WMBF News spoke to a neighbor who said he wasn't fooled by White's mischief.

The neighbor said he heard rehabilitation was not happening in the home.

"What's going on down there ain't right, no way shape form or fashion," the neighbor said.

While White remains behind bars, the victims' families have filed civil suits against him. More than 20 victims are expected to take legal action.

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