CA Police Arrest Dental Employee And Husband For Counterfeiting Prescriptions

Anacristina and Robert McDaniel

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PASO ROBLES, Calif. – Paso Robles police arrested two people involved in counterfeiting pharmacy prescriptions on Monday morning in Paso Robles. 

The Paso Robles Police Department responded to a Rite Aid Pharmacy on the 1100 block of Creston Road regarding fraudulent prescriptions. 

The pharmacist reported a suspicious trend from a patient named Robert McDaniel who had picked up several prescriptions of painkillers over the past two months. 

The prescriptions were made out to different names but all stemmed from one dentist office. 

The pharmacist called the prescribing dentist office but each time the receptionist gave an excuse why the dentist could not speak on the phone. 

The pharmacist then refused to fill any more prescriptions until she spoke directly with the dentist. 

Officers responded to the dentist office where they contacted an employee Anacristina McDaniel,29, of Shandon and her husband Robert McDaniel, 31, of Shandon. 

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Custodian Charged With Stealing Drugs From Mankato MN Dental Office

MANKATO — A custodian allegedly stole fentanyl and propofol from a Mankato oral surgery office.

Kari Anne Edwards, 53, of Mankato, was charged Thursday with two counts of felony drug possession and two counts of felony theft.

 A employee of an undisclosed oral surgery practice contacted authorities last month and reported that a bottle of fentanyl was discovered missing in February and another bottle of fetanyl and a bottle of propofol were discovered missing in March. The missing pain medication and sedative was valued at over $1,500, according to the criminal complaint.

The drugs reportedly were in a locked cabinet but a key to the cabinet was in an unlocked desk drawer. The complainant suspected Edwards, who had recently started providing cleaning services for the business.

 When Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force agents questioned Edwards, she allegedly admitted to taking the drugs and returned two of the bottles. She said she discarded a bottle of fentanyl after she drank some and it made her sick, according to the complaint.

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Texas Woman Who Forged 163 Prescriptions Sentenced To Five Years’ Probation

A Greenwood woman addicted to pain medications she stole from her employer was given a five-year probation sentence Thursday morning.

Misty Michelle Tullos wrote 163 fraudulent prescriptions for pills containing hydrocodone for herself while she worked as the office manager for Midland dentist Dr. Frank Kasman, according to court records.

Tullos was employed by Kasman’s office for eight years, and between Sept. 1, 2008, and March 20, 2010, she began calling pharmacies around Midland and Odessa and placing orders for Kasman for the medications. She used her son’s, husband’s or other family member’s name as the recipient of the drugs, court documents showed. She also ordered multiple 100-count bottles from health care distributor Henry Schein Inc.

Tullos was arrested on Oct. 29 following her federal indictment two days previously and signed a guilty plea deal with the court on Dec. 15.

Judge Robert Junell on Thursday ordered her to pay $9,157.24 in restitution; $4,125 of that is to be paid to Kasman and the remainder to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. She also was fined $3,000 by the court and will pay a $100 fee to the crime victim’s fund.

When Junell asked Tullos if she had anything to say to Kasman, who was sitting in the courtroom, she turned to him and apologized.

“I’m sorry for betraying your trust and confidence, Dr. Kasman,” she said.

Her attorney, Rodion Cantacuzene Jr., told the court that Kasman took his client in and helped advance her career and that Tullos understands how angry he must be at her, and that it was difficult for her to address him now.

“She’s sorry. And for her, I would like to relay that to you,” he told Kasman.

Cantacuzene then told Junell that Tullos is devastated by what she’s done to her family and she believes she’s let her husband and children down. He said she hopes she will be able to tell her children not to do drugs because of what’s happened to her.

“It’s crashed her as a human being,” he said. “The one person she can’t forgive is herself but she’s starting to work on it.”

Her attorney said that after she had had surgery and lost a friend, it was hard for her to get up and go to work. She began to take the opiates and thought, “I’ll take a few more. I have to take care of my family,” he told the court, adding that that was how she developed the addiction.

He asked Junell to sentence her to the maximum probation term of five years in lieu of prison; Tullos could have received six months in federal prison.

“She is reminded every day of what she had risked, and I don’t think she’ll risk it again,” Cantacuzene said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Klassen told Junell that he and law enforcement have worked these types of cases in the past, but this one by far involved the most fraudulent prescriptions.

“We’re not prosecuting her for being a drug addict but because she passed forged prescriptions,” he said.

He asked Junell that if her punishment was to be probation that it be some with “teeth.”

“I think there needs to be an element of punishment so she’s reminded of what she’s done,” Klassen said.

Junell handed down the five-year probation sentence but added several restrictions to the terms. Tullos is to remain on home confinement between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. and must attend a drug rehabilitation program and be drug-tested on a regular basis.

She also will take part in a mental health program and perform 300 hours of community service. Tullos must notify her probation officer within 48 hours if she receives any prescription from her physician and also inform any employer of the federal conviction.

Tullos submitted to a urinalysis test before her 9 a.m. court appointment Thursday, Cantacuzene reminded the court. Then Junell said drug tests will continue periodically during her probation term.

“Ms. Tullos, you are not the victim in this case. You are the perpetrator. You are a mature woman and you made a really bad choice,” Junell said. “If you do not follow the rules of probation, I will revoke it and send you to prison.”

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From Reddit.com — How People Forge Opiate Prescriptions

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[–]patrickkevinsaysDeath City 7 points

In this day and age? Good luck.

[–]843tanshoesRigFlairWooooooo -1 points

I’m trying to hear some stories from “the good ol’ days” when you could forge scripts.

[–]zasinzoop 1 point

my boyfriend and his friends pharmacy hopped a lot in the late nineties. he had a script for oxys at the time and filled them multiple times every month. his friends stole a script pad and got away with it a few times. one pharmacy caught on and just took it and told her not to come back or they’d call the police. can you imagine trying that now? i always tell him his generation of addicts ruined it for mine.

[–]3NZ3Rrogue.pharmacist 1 point

“the good ol’ days” are RIGHT NOW believe it or not.

As long as doctors continue to write prescriptions on PAPER and let you leave the office to take it ANY DAMN PHARMACY you wish without ANY kind of database that tracks prescriptions BEFORE they are filled… (yes, im well aware of state monitoring systems that log prescriptions AFTER they are filled) ….well, then yes, getting counterfeit prescriptions filled is way too easy and will continue to happen until the current method is drastically changed.

[–]thelastvirgin 1 point

I know someone who’s dad is a pain doctor. He was saying that he would steal his Rx pad and go through his files and find the numbers used to call in the scripts. Said he’d call in 80mg oc’s and all other kinds of shit. Wish I had met him a few years earlier.

[–]veblensf 7 points

Yes, there’s nothing like ruining your father’s career.

[–]thelastvirgin 1 point

Right.

[–]Stellasully 1 point

Yeah, not anymore….

[–]stahmpcollectorLick it and stick it 2 points

This is not realistically possible in this day and age. Everything is tracked electronically and if you try and write for anything scheduled or abuseable they will contact the doctor in question to verify. It’s just not worth it for the kind of federal pound-me-in-the-ass time you will do.

[–]oh_no_five_oh 10 points

You may be able to knock off a script or two but it’ll catch up to you. The DEA actually contacted my department and told us not to arrest someone who was hitting up all of our local pharmacies with fake scripts because they were waiting until the guy passed a certain number of them so they could charge him with some crazy federal level serious shit.

[–]SmallManBigMouth 1 point

Ah, building a case I see.

[–]dirtbiscuitwo 0 points

I guess it hasn’t occurred to this person that they should have busted long ago?..sounds like an addict off the “fuck it” or someone hard up for cash being used. How sad.

[–]PixelPlayaOsamaBinNoddin 1 point

a couple years back i knew this chick that got her hands on a script pad. She was able to get like 5-6 diff scripts in a months period, but then got careless and got caught, while attempting to fill a script …at 2:30am

She got lucky though, it was her first offence, and the judge just ordered a 90 day rehab.

[–][deleted] 1 point

A girl I was in rehab with worked at a pain management clinic and was writing her own scripts. She did not get caught but finally fessed up anyway.

Aside from a situation like that… Unlikely.

[–]indalceciothat’s mine i dropped it 2 points

it’s possible with C-III drugs but not really C-II. well anything is possible but you have to be one of those natural criminals who just knows how to find weaknesses in systems and such. even then you’ll get caught anyway. C-III drugs you can get away with a few times, but that’s the problem, nobody ever knows when to stop. everyone always says they’ll be the one to know when to stop and not get greedy but when you’re sick and you successfully pulled it off a few times you just tell yourself “just do it and once it’s over with you won’t be worrying about being caught,”it’s a hard thought process to explain but you basically just push the chance of failure out of your mind because you so badly want the feeling of getting a score and having your drugs. it’s a losing game, forging scripts.

[–]3NZ3Rrogue.pharmacist 1 point

It’s really not as hard as people seem to think it is. The trick here is not to forge stolen script pads but to learn how to COUNTERFEIT prescription slips. It CAN be done still to this day. A big part of it just depends on getting lucky with passing them to careless or newer pharmacist. Yes even schedule 2 pharms… I’ve done it with #120 roxy 30s and #60 Opana 40s and more xanax soma valium and klonopin than I can even count.

[–]bottom_bitch_pikachu 1 point

A dude of mine used to run down to cities a couple hours away, to 24 hour pharms, had fake scrip pads and a TON of diff fake IDs, would use these in tandem to somehow move a shitload of pills. Feds caught him eventually and he was fucked, but damn he got away with it for a while.

[–]Tihkalittletrip 1 point

My dentist gave me roxy 5 mg like 3-4 times a fees years ago and I changed it to a 15… So glad to this day I never got caught

[–]vinnySTAXKeep runnin, runnin, never runnin out of money 1 point

I’ve seen it work if you are able to get ahold of a legit script pad, and know the doctor’s personal “DEA number” and also know exactly what to write and keep the script numbers within reason. That having been said, I’ve never seen it keep working and never catch up with the people who were doing it. At some point, there’s always that unwanted knock at the door.

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FL Dentist’s Daughter Allegedly Forged 500+ Pain Pill Prescriptions

A Lakeland dentist’s daughter is behind bars after Polk County Sheriff’s deputies say she forged hundreds of prescriptions using her father’s prescription pad.

According to detectives, Stacey Sumner, 46, forged prescription painkillers for herself and patients. Now, the entire office at Sonrise Dental Clinic on Bartow Road in Lakeland is under investigation by both the PCSO and the Department of Health.

Investigators said Sumner worked as a receptionist at the clinic, where her father is also the dentist. Sumner’s father, Dr. William Johnson, told investigators he knew his daughter was addicted to Hydrocodone. He declined to comment to Bay News 9 at his office Friday.

Dr. Johnson has his own trouble; investigators said there are missing and incomplete records on his patients.

Deputies said cell phone video, taken by a confidential source, shows Sumner forging her father’s name on a prescription for Hydrocodone. It was one of more than 500 she allegedly forged over the past 15 months.

Investigators said Sumner was using family and friends who were patients at the clinic to fill the prescriptions. One of those friends, Lois McDermott, has also been arrested.

“[Sumner] would either give the friend some money to cash them in at the pharmacy, or give them some pills in return, and she would direct them to which pharmacies to go to,” Polk Co. Sheriff Grady Judd said.

According to Judd, so many prescriptions for Hydrocodone had been written, some area pharmacies stopped accepting their prescriptions from the clinic.

“I don’t see anything that’s going on,” one of Johnson’s patients, Dorothy Fuqua — whose son was having dental work done at the clinic — said. “We’re not here to get pain pills. He’s just in there getting three teeth pulled.”

Judd said there may be more arrests in the case that come as the investigation continues.

“I’m not naïve enough to think this is the end of it right here,” Judd said, “not when you have this many prescriptions.”

Sumner is charged with trafficking Hydrocodone, forgery and obtaining prescription by fraud. She was arrested in 2002 for the same crime, also while working for her father.

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From Justanswer.com — I Was Caught Today Having Forged a Prescription From a Dentist’s Pad

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The following exchange was on the web site justanswer.com, which allows people to ask questions to attorneys.

I was caught today having forged a prescription that a dentist had given me. He accidentally tore off one sheet to many and I used the “other” one to fill 60 Lortabs. When I went to pick them up at the pharmacy the pharmacist said he spoke the the dentist and that he did not wright that script and he was confiscating them.
I spoke to the dentist and told him what I had done and he said he would not press charges. What I want to know is will the pharmacist turn it and will I be prosecuted for this by the DEA?

Expert:  Samuel II replied

hi.  chances are the feds will not prosecute you – however, the pharmacist is obligated to report it to the police and District Attorney in your county and you can be prosecuted on a state level. it is not up to your dentist. it is up to the DA to decide.

Customer:

So do I sit here and wait for them to come and get me…if they even do. Whats the likelihood of something happening. Do I go ahead and get a lawyer?? I have no criminal history, have never been arrested. Am a middle class stay at home mom, that really screwed up. What I’m scared is that someones going to knock on my door and arrest me with my kids and family here
Expert:  Samuel II replied

hi.  it is very possible that you could be arrested on a warrant based on the information gathered from the pharmacist. you might consider consulting with a local attorney who can perhaps head off an arrest warrant by talking to the DA and seeing if a subpoena can be issued for court date instead.

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Portland, ME Woman Pleads Guilty To Stealing Blank Prescriptions To Get Oxycodone

A 32-year-old Portland woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to health care fraud and attempting to acquire oxycodone pills by deception.

From May 2015 until March 2016, Shannon Bragdon stole blank prescriptions from the dentist office where she worked and used dozens of them to pass fraudulent prescription orders at at least nine pharmacies in southern Maine, said U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty in a press release.

 Bragdon was caught by authorities on March 21, when a pharmacist suspected that the prescription Bragdon had presented was fake and called police. Agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration found Bragdon in the waiting area of the pharmacy and arrested her.

She faces as much as four years in prison on the drug charge and 10 years on the fraud charge, and up to $250,000 in fines for each. Her sentencing will be completed following a pre-sentencing investigation.

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FL Dentist Steals Partner’s Prescription Pads To Get Oxycodone

A Lauderhill dentist is accused of using his business partner’s prescription pad to get oxycodone, officials said.

Joseph Gorfien, a partner at dental practice Gorfien & Jacobsohn, was arrested Wednesday after an investigation by Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities said that Gorfien used Henry Jacobsohn’s professional license information and prescription pads to forge and fill prescriptions for oxycodone without his partner’s knowledge.

When a reporter called the dental practice Wednesday, a recorded message said the office was closed for the day.

Gorfien is charged with 11 counts of purchase of oxycodone, one count of obtaining controlled substances by fraud or forgery and one count of criminal use of personal identification information.

The Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute the case.

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Virginia Dental Worker Guilty Of Fraudulently Distributing 100,000+ Hydrocodone Pills

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A Yorktown woman was found guilty Tuesday on charges related to  fraudulently obtaining over 100,000 hydrocodone pills.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, 54-year-old Donna Byrd Talley worked as a long-time office manager for Hampton dentist Dr. Steven Becker.

Talley had control over Dr. Becker’s bank accounts and was responsible for all office administration.

From 2002 through 2011, Talley used Dr. Becker’s DEA license to fraudulently obtain over 100,000 pills of hydrocodone from two dental supply companies.

She then distributed the hydrocodone to her husband and others and used it to feed her own addiction.

In 2011, Talley made various cash deposits to bank accounts she owned or controlled in amounts over $7,000.

On Aug. 18, 2011, investigators with the Virginia Department of Health Professions and the Virginia State Police interviewed Talley, who admitted to ordering hydrocodone. Later that same day, an investigator recovered a pill bottle containing hydrocodone from Talley’s residence, matching shipments of hydrocodone ordered by Talley and received by Dr. Becker’s office two days earlier.

Talley was convicted by a federal jury on charges of acquiring or obtaining a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, and mail fraud.

She faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison when sentenced on Feb. 22, 2017.

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Former Employee At Connecticut Dental Practice Called In Fraudulent Prescriptions

CHESHIRE — A former employee at a local dental practice faces charges after police say she filled prescriptions using unauthorized identification numbers.

Jessica Cash, 29, of 327 Merwin Ave., Milford, was arrested this week and charged with two counts each of criminal impersonation, identity theft, illegally obtaining drugs, third-degree forgery and sixth-degree larceny. She was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Wednesday. A judge set bond at $5,000 and continued the case to Jan. 6.

On July 28, an officer responded to a local dental practice for a report of employee theft. One of the doctors said shortly after Cash was hired in late June a patient reported cash and eyeglasses missing from her purse, according to Cash’s arrest warrant. In an effort to determine who was responsible for the theft, a doctor placed a piece of paper and some change in a bank envelope and left the envelope in the storage area of an employee who was on vacation, according to the warrant. The doctor told the police he noticed Cash walk into the area and saw her holding the bank envelope. When confronted, Cash dropped the envelope and denied any wrongdoing, the warrant said. Cash was fired on July 16.

In early August, a doctor reported to police that his prescription identification number was fraudulently used 16 times, starting on July 7 for either muscle relaxer or Tylenol with codeine, the warrant said. The prescriptions were called in under various names and filled at pharmacies in Cheshire, Milford and West Haven, according to the warrant.

Security footage from a pharmacy in Cheshire showed someone driving a white Nissan picking up one of the prescriptions. Police went to Cash’s home and discovered a Nissan matching the description, the warrant said. When interviewed, Cash told the police she wrote down doctors’ identification numbers when she worked at the dental practice and began using them after she was fired.

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