Owners, staffers at medical clinic indicted on charge charges

2013-09-27T14:12:00Z Owners, staffers at medical clinic indicted on charge chargesPatrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced the indictments on drug-related charges of the owners and employees of a Tucson medical clinic.

The owners of Embrace Health and Pain Management, 3801 N. Campbell Blvd., were among those accused in the 15-count indictment.

From the Justice Department news release:

“The charges arise from a 21-month investigation against two nurse practitioners who issued multiple prescriptions of powerful and addictive controlled substances, primarily Oxycodone outside the usual course of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose.”

The names of those accused in the case:

Elizabeth D. Capotosti, owner and nurse practitioner; Kathleen A. Karaszewski, nurse practitioner; 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; and Adam A. Rosales, staff member.

The charges:

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

Count Four: Conspiracy to Possess for Sale and/or Sell a Dangerous Drug, a Class Two Felony

Coount Five: Possession for Sale and/or Sell a Narcotic Drug, a Class Two Felony

Count Six: Possession for Sale and/or Sell a Narcotic Drug, a Class Two Felony

Count Seven: Possession for Sale and/or Sell a Dangerous Drug, a Class Two Felony

Count Eight: Possession for Sale and/or Sell a Dangerous Drug, a Class Two Felony

Count Nine: Money Laundering in the First Degree, a Class Two Felony

Count Ten: Illegal Control of an Enterprise, a Class Three Felony

Count Eleven: Illegal Control of an Enterprise, a Class Three Felony

Count Twelve: Illegally Conducting an Enterprise, a Class Three Felony

Count Thirteen: Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, a Class Two Felony

Count Fourteen: Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, a Class Two Felony

Count Fifteen: Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, a Class Two Felony

Contact reporter Patrick McNamara at 573-4241 or pmcnamara@azstarnet.com. On Twitter @pm929.

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