Paying the price
For her role in earning a little over $20, a young lady from Oakland County is serving 68 days in a local jail. Along with two co-conspirators, she was active in obtaining narcotic drugs at many local pharmacies using phony prescriptions. The scheme was to have one of the co-conspirators make calls to a pharmacy as if she was calling from a doctor's office. All three would then drive to the pharmacy. Two of them would enter the pharmacy to act as look-outs in case there were law enforcement officers inside. The third would use the drive-through window to pick up and pay for the controlled substance. The two inside the store would give the OK signal to the driver and then flee the area once the drugs were obtained.
The Oakland County Sheriff's Department working this case was able to catch the young lady red-handed as she left the drive thru lane at a particular pharmacy. She was charged in December 2006 and pleaded guilty in May 2007. She failed to appear for sentencing that same month and remained a fugitive until May 2010. The judge in this matter sentenced her to serve the 68 days.
Members who suspect health care fraud are urged to call our Anti-Fraud Hotline at 1-800-482-3787, or report fraud through our website.