Guzman convicted on all counts in pill mill trial

Guzman convicted on all counts in pill mill trial

Tamral Guzman (source: U.S. Department of Justice) Tamral Guzman (source: U.S. Department of Justice)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The woman accused of operating a pill mill in Maryville has been convicted on all counts.

A U.S. District Court jury found Tamral Guzman, 42, of Maryville, Tennessee guilty on all 56 counts including conspiracy to dispense and distribute oxycodone and other controlled prescription medications.

The jury also found her guilty of money laundering and structuring financial transactions.

Guzman, who was on bond at the time of trial, failed to appear in court on the seventh day of the trial.

A bench warrant was issued for her arrest and the trial continued without her.

The U.S. Marshal's Service said Thursday she still had not been found.

Guzman was arrested in December 2010 as federal agents raided Maryville Pain Management, LLC, the clinic she operated, following an investigation that began in August 2008.

A federal indictment claimed that Guzman, who is not a doctor, wrote orders for prescription painkillers from a blank prescription pad that had been pre-signed by a nurse practitioner.

The evidence presented at trial demonstrated that the Guzman and the clinic made more than $2 million in cash revenue.

After the guilty verdicts were read, evidence was presented to the jury concerning the forfeiture of certain properties to the United States.

The jury returned a second verdict ordering that Guzman forfeit to the government three parcels of real property, a boat, approximately $200,000 and ordered a money judgment in favor of the United States of more than $2 million.

Guzman will be sentenced on March 20, 2013.

She faces a possible sentence of up to 20 years in prison for each of the drug trafficking offenses and a fine of up to $1 million.

She also faces up to 20 years in prison on each of the six counts of money laundering.

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