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Deputies probe prescription frauds

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

Since June someone using a fraudulent prescription has obtained narcotics several times from Walmart at 6545 N. Landmark Drive, the authorities say.

On Sept. 3, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office received another call about a prescription at the store.

There are "two or three" suspects in the case, said Ron Bridge, a Summit County Sheriff’s Office detective.

"These people might be forging prescriptions to obtain pills," Bridge said. "They have picked up pills on numerous occasions using the same identification."

He said deputies are examining footage from security cameras and other records.

"The doctor that had his prescriptions fraudulently filled out receives the same report that we can pull through the state and he looks through that," Bridge said. "If there is something on there that he did not write then he informs us."

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The case is not related to prescription fraud the Sheriff’s Office investigated in August at Albertson’s at 3151 Kilby Road. A caller Aug. 27 told deputies forged prescriptions were being used to obtain OxyContin from the pharmacy at the store.

Bridge would not give information about suspects in both cases.

"Prescription frauds happen on occasion. It just so happens these two came in close to each other, one right after the other," Bridge said.

Forging a prescription to obtain narcotics is a felony, he explained.

"This is the same thing as possessing cocaine or methamphetamine or heroin," Bridge said. "You need to be under a doctor’s care to possess a narcotic and forging a prescription is a sign of addiction. You can’t get them lawfully so you have to revert to unlawful conduct to obtain them."