In addition to two local medical offices, a medical supply business was also searched by the FBI Tuesday.

FBI spokeswoman Gina Swankie confirmed that Ashli Healthcare, Inc.'s address at 2201 Zeus Court was searched. Highgrove Medical Center and Valley Medical Group were also visited by FBI agents, as well as two addresses that appeared to be linked to Dr. Hemmal S. Kothary of Highgrove and Dr. Carlos Alvarez of Valley Medical Group.

On Friday, Ashli Healthcare released a statement saying the business is proud of its "long standing track record of working with Dr. Alvarez and many other physicians in this community."

"We are fully cooperating with federal investigators and we are confident this will reaffirm our ongoing ethical business practices," said the statement credited to President and Owner Heriberto Diaz.

-- The Californian

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