Authorities search for medical records in Michael Jackson's name, aliases
Authorities searching the Las Vegas home and cardiology practice of Michael Jackson’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, were looking for medical records in the name of Michael Jackson or any of 19 aliases, according to the warrant signed by a judge.
The warrant authorized detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to seize prescriptions, files, billing information, tests results, electronic records and other material kept under pseudonyms, including Omar Arnold, Paul Farance, Bryan Singleton, Jimmy Nicholas, Blanca Nicholas, Roselyn Muhammad, Faheem Muhammad, Frank Tyson, Fernand Diaz, Peter Madonie, Josephine Baker and Kai Chase.
Also listed was the name of Jackson’s son Prince. Some aliases are names of Jackson’s employees and associates, including Michael Amir. Jackson for years frequently used the name Omar Arnold in connection with his medical care, and sources close to the investigation have said he was prescribed medication in that name close in time to his June 25th death.
Federal and state law designed to curb prescription drug abuse make it illegal to use pseudonyms on prescription pads.
The Las Vegas searches come less than a week after the DEA, Houston police narcotics officers and Los Angeles police detectives searched Murray's clinic and a storage unit. In those searches, they seized e-mails, storage unit receipts, a copy of Murray's biography and Rolodex cards, according to the inventory of items filed with the Harris County District Court.
Authorities also interviewed the manager of Murray's storage unit, who said the doctor's office staff removed several boxes from the facility on the morning of Jackson's death, hours before the pop star was pronounced dead.
The court records were the first public confirmation by police that Murray was a focus of their probe. Detectives previously had interviewed Murray but had declined to identify him as a suspect. Murray's attorney has said that his client did not give Jackson any narcotics or other medication that "should have" caused his death.
Murray, with practices in Las Vegas and Houston, had been hired to care for Jackson at a monthly salary of $150,000. Murray was at Jackson's home June 25 and found the singer not breathing. He administered CPR before paramedics were called. The singer was officially pronounced dead at UCLA Medical Center.
Sources familiar with the investigation have said authorities removed propofol, a powerful anesthetic, and other medications from Jackson's home. Murray's attorney, Edward Chernoff, has declined to comment on whether the doctor administered the drug, which is most commonly used by anesthesiologists in hospitals.
-- Ashley Powers in Las Vegas, Harriet Ryan and Kimi Yoshino in Los Angeles