October 4, 2012
Department of Justice
United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee
Federal Jury Convicts Fugitive Tamral Guzman Of Conspiracy To Traffic In Controlled Substances And Related Financial Crimes
Fifty-Seven Count Indictment Arose Out Of Guzman’s Operation Of Maryville Pain Clinic
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Following a nine-day trial in U.S. District Court, Knoxville, Tenn, a jury convicted Tamral Guzman, 42, of Maryville, Tenn., on all counts of an indictment which charged her with conspiracy to dispense and distribute controlled prescription medications, including among others, oxycodone. 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 to conclusion in her absence.
The indictment in this case was the result of a lengthy investigation into Guzman’s operation of Maryville Pain Management, LLC, between August 2008 and December 2010. The evidence presented at trial demonstrated that Guzman’s operation of this clinic generated in excess of $2,000,000 in cash revenue. After the guilty verdicts were returned, 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 in excess of $2,000,000.
Sentencing is set for March 20, 2013 in U.S. District Court in Knoxville, Tenn. Guzman faces a possible sentence on each of the drug trafficking offenses of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000. She also faces up to 20 years in prison on each of the six counts involving money laundering.
Law enforcement agencies participating in the joint investigation which led to the indictment and subsequent conviction of Guzman included the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and investigators with the Fifth Judicial District Drug Task Force.
United States Attorney William C. Killian said, “This verdict should send a message to those who are unscrupulously operating pain clinics in this district that their conduct will not be tolerated. I laud the efforts of the investigators from the Fifth Judicial District Drug Task Force and the IRS-CI and DEA agents who worked tirelessly to shut this pain clinic down.”
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer Kolman and Frank Dale represented the United States at trial.