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Two arrested after DEA raid at Tempe pain management clinic

KNXV Ava Pain Management Clinic Tempe DEA Raid
Posted at 11:48 AM, Apr 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-19 15:33:57-04

TEMPE, AZ — Authorities say two employees at a pain management clinic were arrested Thursday in a raid involving federal agents.

A spokesperson for the Drug Enforcement Agency's Phoenix office said two women were arrested at Ava Pain Management near the Loop 101 and Broadway Road.

The DEA identified the two suspects Friday as Naturopathic Medical Doctor Jelina Ip and her mother, Alane Ip.

The two are accused of over-prescribing controlled substances, including oxycodone and morphine.

"Medical doctors who abuse their prescribing privileges betray the communities they are supposed to protect, feed the opioid epidemic currently devastating the country and potentially destroy families," said Doug Coleman, Special Agent in Charge of DEA in Arizona. "The DEA and our law enforcement partners are committed to the identification of these rogue practitioners and bringing them to face justice in Arizona and throughout the nation."

The investigation began in 2017 when the company was under the name of White Cranes Medical Center. A search warrant was served in 2018, and Dr. Ip was ordered to stop prescribing controlled substances. At the time, an analysis revealed the clinic had prescribed 1.4 million dosage units of opioids in an 18-month period.

The business name was later changed to Ava Pain Management.

The two were arrested Thursday in connection to the investigation that began in 2016.

The Ips face dozens of criminal charges including fraud schemes, illegally conducting an enterprise, illegal administration of a narcotic, and illegal administration of a dangerous drug.