Doctor's License Suspended After Indictment

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Dr. Mark Mouritsen was ordered by the Arizona Medical Board not to practice medicine until further notice.

Mouritsen was arrested in January following a three-month investigation by the Payson police narcotics detectives. He was charged with one count of conspiracy to obtain narcotic drugs and 18 counts of obtaining narcotics by fraud.

Mouritsen's wife, Carolyn, also was arrested and charged with 17 counts of obtaining prescriptions by fraud and 11 counts of forgery, according to police records.

Payson Police Chief Gordon Gartner said they have evidence to show that Mouritsen and his wife employed illegal tactics to obtain prescription narcotics.

"We believe they were giving prescriptions and receiving a portion of the narcotics back," Gartner said. "His wife had called in numerous prescriptions for painkillers and in some instances was receiving some of those painkillers back for herself."

The findings listed in the medical board judgment detailed additional allegations including that Mouritsen had written prescriptions for former patients and employees who were not patients.

"These parties fill the prescriptions and bring the drugs to (Mouritsen's) home for (his) wife's use," the document said, "and that (Mouritsen's) office supply cabinet was missing drugs after he had been in the cabinet."

Gartner said he did not believe that the Mouritsens intended to profit from their actions.

Mouritsen was interviewed in late February by the board's addiction specialist and, according to board documents, admitted to having a substance abuse problem.

Mouritsen agreed to complete an inpatient or residential treatment program and to stop practicing medicine until he is approved by the board to return to practice.

A Gila County grand jury indicted the Mouritsens Jan. 28. Mrs. Mouritsen was charged with one count of conspiracy to obtain narcotic drugs by fraud, 28 counts of obtaining narcotics by fraud, 11 counts of forging prescriptions and one count of attempting to obtain narcotics by fraud.

Mouritsen was indicted on one count of conspiracy to obtain narcotics by fraud and 18 counts of obtaining narcotics by fraud, the grand jury document said.

Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores said it is premature to discuss how the state or the Mouritsens plan to proceed.

"It's early in the process," Flores said. "I don't know whether this will go to trial yet."

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