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Sep 27, 2013 4:22 PM by Stefanie Boe

Owners, employees of local pain clinic arrested on drug charges

TUCSON - The DEA announced late Thursday that nine people have been arrested from a pain management clinic in Tucson. The arrested include the owner of the clinic who is also a Nurse Practitioner.

The suspects all work at Embrace Health and Pain Management Clinic at 3801 N. Campbell, Suite B.

Here's a list of those facing charges:

• Elizabeth D. Capotosti, Owner and Nurse Practitioner
• Kathleen A. Karaszewski, Nurse Practioner
• Alyssa Asch-McElmurry, Owner
• Kim D. Gonzalez, Office Manager
• Jorge Gonzalez, Security Guard
• Joseph Epperson, Staff Member
• Albaluz Portugal, Staff Member
• Santos M. Guillen Jr., Staff Member
• Adam A. Rosales, Staff Member

The DEA says the charges stem from a 21-month investigation in which they discovered prescriptions were being written for drugs like Oxycodone, without legitimate medical purpose. The drugs were then being re-sold to known street drug dealers in Southern Arizona.

In all, the suspects face 15 counts:The counts listed in the Indictment are:

Count One: Conspiracy to Possess for Sale and/or Sell a Narcotic Drug, a Class Two Felony
Count Two: Conspiracy to Possess for Sale and/or Sell a Narcotic Drug, a Class Two Felony
Count Three: Conspiracy to Possess for Sale and/or Sell a Dangerous Drug, a Class two Felony
Class Four: Conspiracy to Possess for Sale and/or Sell a Dangerous Drug, a Class Two Felony
Class Five: Possession for Sale and/or Sell a Narcotic Drug, a Class Two Felony
Class Six: Possession for Sale and/or Sell a Narcotic Drug, a Class Two Felony
Class Seven: Possession for Sale and/or Sell a Dangerous Drug, a Class Two Felony
Class Eight: Possession for Sale and/or Sell a Dangerous Drug, a Class Two Felony
Class Nine: Money Laundering in the First Degree, a Class Two Felony
Class Ten: Illegal Control of an Enterprise, a Class Three Felony
Class Eleven: Illegal Control of an Enterprise, a Class Three Felony
Class Twelve: Illegally Conducting an Enterprise, a Class Three Felony
Class Thirteen: Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, a Class Two Felony
Class Fourteen: Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, a Class Two Felony
Class Fifteen: Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, a Class Two Felony

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