TEMPE (3TV/CBS 5) -- Drug Enforcement Administration agents have arrested a mother and daughter after a raid Thursday morning at their Tempe pain management center.
According to the DEA, Jelina Ip, a naturopathic medical doctor, and her mother, Alane Ip, were arrested after agents served warrants at Ava Pain Management, formerly known as White Cranes Medical Center. Investigators say the pair was over-prescribing pain medication.
The DEA began its investigation into White Cranes Medical Center in October 2017 and found that the Ips were living at the facility.
According to documents from the Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board, Dr. Ip was being investigated for misdiagnosing patients, prescribing medications that she was not authorized to prescribe, and issuing large quantities of a controlled substance without proper exams or diagnostic testing.
Dr. Ip was served with a suspension order, eliminating her ability to prescribe controlled substances.
The Ips changed the business name to Ava Pain Management.
The Arizona Department of Health Services says that the clinic was not licensed under either name. Starting in January 2019, it is required for pain management clinics to apply for a license through the state.
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The DEA said Dr. Ip wrote more than 1.6 million dosage units in their prescriptions in 18 months, 1.4 million (85%) of which were for opioids.
The Ips face dozens of criminal charges including fraud, illegal administration of a narcotic and illegal administration of a dangerous drug.