SANTA ANA, Calif. – Legislation enforcement authorities, together with particular brokers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Safety Investigations (HSI) Los Angeles, this morning arrested 4 defendants charged in two federal grand jury indictments alleging a narcotics trafficking ring that offered unlawful opioid prescriptions for money by a sequence of sham medical clinics.
These charged within the indictments embrace Dr. John Michael Korzelius, 68, a.ok.a. “Dr. Ok,” of Camarillo, who labored at a Santa Ana ache administration clinic the place he allegedly wrote medically pointless prescriptions to “sufferers” who paid money. Over the course of two years, Korzelius and different medical professionals working below his steering, prescribed roughly 439,090 tablets of 30mg oxycodone – the best dose of short-acting oxycodone obtainable, and the dose hottest for the drug-abusing inhabitants, in response to court docket paperwork.
The costs on this matter are the results of an investigation into ChiroMed, which operated a bunch of chiropractic, medical and wellness clinics in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties. Korzelius, together with different medical professionals, together with doctor’s assistants, allegedly met with fraudulent sufferers and supplied them with pointless prescriptions for medicine, together with oxycodone.
The 2 grand jury indictments unsealed right this moment cost 10 defendants with a wide range of narcotics-related offenses, together with conspiracy to distribute managed substances, possession with intent to distribute oxycodone, distribution of fentanyl, and cash laundering.
Together with Korzelius, the indictments cost:
- Justin Douglas Cozart, 42, of Woodland Hills, who operated and supervised the ChiroMed medical clinics;
- Damoon Joe Navarchi, 33, of Woodland Hills, who assisted Cozart in working the clinics;
- Xavier Muduki Mabale, 42, of Anaheim, who’s accused of recruiting sham sufferers to acquire fraudulent oxycodone prescriptions from the medical clinics;
- Mayra Barrios, 37, of Yorba Linda, who allegedly oversaw the day-to-day administration of the medical clinics, together with the issuance of fraudulent oxycodone prescriptions to sham sufferers;
- Harrison Maruje Mureithi, 42, of Norco, who allegedly coordinated the acquisition, assortment, packaging, and cargo of oxycodone to consumers on the East Coast;
- Duncan Muthoni Wanjohi, 23, of Anaheim, who allegedly assisted Mureithi within the shopping for and transport of narcotics;
- Pierre Delva, Jr., 33, a.ok.a. “Huge Head,” of Medford, Massachusetts, who allegedly supplied financing to Mureithi to buy bulk portions of oxycodone; and
- Louise W. Mureithi, 69, of Anaheim, Harrison Mureithi’s mom, who allegedly obtained packages of money despatched to her son for oxycodone;
- Majid Nojavan, 42, of Laguna Niguel, charged in a derivative case from the first investigation, who allegedly marketed oxycodone on the market on Craigslist, offered fentanyl to an undercover police officer, and escorted the undercover police workplace to an Inglewood medical clinic to acquire a fraudulent oxycodone prescription.
Harrison Mureithi, Mabale, Louise Mureithi, and Nojavan have been arrested this morning, and they’re anticipated to make their preliminary court docket appearances this afternoon in U.S. District Court docket in Santa Ana. Korzelius, Cozart, Navarchi, and Barrios are being summonsed into court docket and are anticipated to make their preliminary appearances in U.S. District Court docket subsequent week. Delva and Wanjohi are fugitives.
On account of a two-year investigation into the fraudulent medical clinics, regulation enforcement seized 20,737 oxycodone tablets, and $177,610 in money – and intercepted a mailed parcel contained a teddy bear full of two baggage of oxycodone tablets.
If convicted of the fees, the defendants every would face a statutory most sentence of not less than 20 years in federal jail.
The investigation of Majid Nojavan was performed by HSI Los Angeles’s Orange County Workplace and the Costa Mesa Police Division. The probe into the sham medical clinics was dealt with by the Drug Enforcement Administration and IRS Legal Investigation.
These instances are being prosecuted by the U.S. Legal professional for the Central District of California’s Santa Ana Department Workplace.