Using fraud or deceit to obtain prescription drugs is a crime that can result in serious financial penalties and prison sentences. The drugs involved are usually addictive narcotics such as codeine, Demerol, OxyContin (oxycodone), methadone, morphine, Valium (diazepam), Vicodin (hydrocodone), and Xanax (alprazolam). But any prescription drug can be the basis for a prescription fraud charge.
Common types of prescription fraud include illegally giving out or obtaining prescriptions, knowingly selling prescription drugs to someone who does not have a valid prescription, altering a legitimate prescription to indicate a higher dosage or quantity of drugs, and obtaining drugs using forged prescriptions. “Doctor shopping” – or switching doctors for the purpose of obtaining additional prescriptions – is also a form of prescription fraud.
Examples of Prescription Fraud
A woman faces up to two years in prison on each of four counts of Medicaid fraud for engaging in "doctor shopping." The woman allegedly went to multiple doctors over a short period of time to obtain duplicate prescriptions for Oxycodone and Lortab. Click here to read more....
Two individuals were charged with Medicaid fraud by engaging in "doctor shopping" to obtain controlled substances. "Doctor shopping" involves going to different doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions for pain killers and other narcotics that are then either abused or sold on the street for a profit. Click here to read more....
Durable Medical Equipment Fraud
A physician is facing up to 60 years in prison after a jury convicted him of healthcare fraud for writing unnecessary prescriptions for medical equipment and nutritional supplies that were never provided to patients. Click here to read more....
Nurse Completed Prescription Forms for Doctor
A medical doctor and registered nurse have been charged with felonies because the doctor allegedly gave the nurse blank, pre-signed prescription forms, and the nurse filled out the prescriptions at her discretion for narcotics such as morphine and oxycodone. Click here to read more....
Ten people were arrested on charges of conspiring to obtain prescription narcotics through forged prescriptions. The co-conspirators allegedly obtained the DEA registration numbers and medical license numbers of legitimate physicians, purchased pharmacy-grade prescription paper, and created fraudulent prescriptions for narcotic painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. Click here to read more....
A Licensed Practical Nurse employed by a nursing home was sentenced to two years of probation for faxing false patient prescription requests for Hydrocodone to the pharmacy for her own use. She also diverted Hydrocodone for her personal use from numerous nursing home residents. Click here to read more....
Selling Prescription Drugs
Two women were arrested separately on similar charges of selling a portion of their prescriptions for pain pills that were paid for by Medicaid. One woman is accused of selling a portion of her Hydrocodone prescription, while the other is charged with selling a portion of her Oxycodone prescription. They each face up to two years in prison on each count. Click here to read more....
Selling Prescription Drugs
A woman faces up to two years in prison for selling pain pills that were paid for by Medicaid. The woman is accused of using her Medicaid benefits to obtain prescription drugs with the intent of re-selling the drugs. Click here to read more....
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