A New Jersey woman was taken into custody on Sept. 15 after she allegedly
tried to use fraud to obtain a prescription medication from a pharmacy
in Franklin. After police detained her at the pharmacy, the 29-year-old
woman received two counts for attempting to obtain a prescription legend
drug through deception or fraud and unlicensed practice of medicine. The
case does not appear to be related to any suspected
drug trafficking operation.
The incident began when an employee at North Country Pharmacy alerted police
to a suspicious request for a drug prescription. A pharmacist told police
that a phone call had come in from a supposed doctor's office. Doubting
the call's validity, the pharmacist called the doctor's office
to double check the prescription. An employee then reportedly informed
the pharmacist that the prescription had not actually been requested by
the doctor's office.
When police arrived at the scene, they found the accused woman waiting
for the allegedly fraudulent prescription. Officers detained her, and
she was taken to Sussex County Jail. The woman was held on $15,000 bail
without the option to pay 10 percent. It was unclear as to how the woman
is expected to plead to her charges.
A person who has received criminal charges in a case like this may have
been the victim of mistaken identity or a doctor's office mix-up.
When disputing the charges, a defendant may argue that a doctor failed
to inform all of their office staff after phoning in a valid prescription.
An attorney may be able to sort out various information in order to develop
a strong argument.
Source: New Jersey Herald , "Woman who tried to get drugs charged", September 16, 2014