A woman who resides in the beachfront area of Palm Beach County was arrested on Tuesday, December 13, 2017. She was taken to the Port St. Lucie jail after being charged with repeated counts of fraud by bringing in fraudulent prescriptions for drugs at a grocery store, according to the court records. The vast majority of the bogus prescriptions were for medications that treat attention deficit disorder or ADD.
The woman, who is 36 years old and lives in Riviera Beach, had nine different charges against her when she was arrested. Those charges include obtaining or attempting to obtain a controlled substance through fraudulent means at a pharmacy in the Winn-Dixie area at the 200 block of Port St. Lucie Boulevard. Following an arrest with these charges it is important to immediately contact a qualified and knowledgeable Port Saint Lucie criminal attorney.
She is currently being held on a bail of $145,000 at the St. Lucie Jail.
The court records show that the woman traveled every month from her home in Riviera Beach to Port St. Lucie, which is around 50 miles’ worth of a trip.
The arrest affidavit did not mention what the woman was doing with the prescription drugs. The prescriptions amounted to a total of around 900 pills.
Investigators from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office began investigating the situation back in September after a pharmacist at the Winn-Dixie store realized that the handwriting on prescriptions didn’t match that of the doctors listed on the slips, according to the arrest affidavit.
After the pharmacist spotted the discrepancy, he immediately called the West Palm Beach psychiatrist. The doctor then reported that he had not written out the prescriptions, according to the arrest record.
Officials at Winn-Dixie stated that the woman was a regular customer. Investigators then looked into previous prescriptions she presented to pharmacists and discovered 23 dating back to October 2016 that looked suspicious. Most of the prescriptions were for Adderall.
The woman turned herself in and was arrested on warrants issued by the court.
If you are arrested in Florida on fraud charges, you need an experienced Port Saint Lucie prescription fraud attorney. These charges are extremely serious and can land you some serious prison time. It is the best chance you have to have the charges against you reduced or completely dropped if you have a lawyer on your side. Contact the office of Jonathan Jay Kirschner, Esq. and Associates, LLC at 772-489-8501 to get in touch with a Port Saint Lucie prescription fraud attorney immediately.