- Associated Press - Monday, November 7, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials say a San Francisco surgeon was arrested on suspicion of 99 felony crimes in connection with prescribing opioid narcotics.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/2eNL8Bc ) 49-year-old Christopher Owens, a UCSF surgeon who works at the university-affiliated Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco, was arrested last Thursday.

The move comes after Owens was placed on “investigatory leave” in June and on unpaid leave in September, the newspaper reported.

UCSF terminated Owens’ physician privileges last week and fired him from the faculty.

Owens was booked on suspicion of charges including the illegal sale or transfer of narcotics. His bail was set at $1.98 million. Details of the specific accusations against him were not immediately available.

City prosecutors have not filed formal charges. It was not immediately known if he has an attorney.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com

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