|Published:||Nov 20, 2012 2:32 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 20, 2012 6:20 PM EST|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Ft. Myers Regional Operations Center arrested Rebekah Stewart, 46, of Arcadia, Tricia Thompson, 37, of Sarasota, Alex Carrino-Dellipaoli, 20, of North Fort Myers and Matt Flores, 25, of North Fort Myers, for operating an unlicensed pain management clinic.
These arrests stem from a search warrant served on July 24, at Luxor Industries Physicians Group, located at 1890 North Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41/S.R. 45) in North Fort Myers, Florida.
All of the defendants are charged with “operating an unlicensed pain management clinic.”
Thompson was booked into the Sarasota County Jail, Stewart and Flores were booked into the Charlotte County Jail, and Carrino-Dellipaoli was booked into the Lee County Jail.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement worked closely with the Florida Department of Health on this investigation.
FDLE officials tell WINK News the Department of Health performed an audit that showed Luxor Industries met the criteria of a pain clinic, but did not have a license.
They say the business shut down in Lee County after the search in July, but they are still investigating whether the business started back up in another county.
The investigation is ongoing and more charges could be filed. FDLE says agents are looking into the doctors who used the clinic and potential "doctor shoppers."
Shauna Wright works near the office and says things have been much quieter since the business closed down. She was happy to hear about the arrests and says, "it's about time we start cleaning up North Fort Myers again."