More attempted drug fraud reported in Rock Hill, Charlotte

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comFebruary 19, 2014 

Another case of attempted drug fraud was reported on Tuesday in Rock Hill.

A pharmacist from the Ride Aid on Ebenezer Road called Piedmont Medical Center after someone pretending to be a PMC nurse called in a prescription for Norco, a combination of the pain killers hyrocodone and acetaminophen, according to a Rock Hill Police report.

The person then went to a Ride Aid on Sugar Creek Road in Charlotte and said he couldn’t go to Rock Hill and asked to have the prescription transferred there, but the pharmacist didn’t make the transfer, the report stated.

This incident is similar to several others under investigation by the York County Multi-jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit.

On Monday, two local pharmacies were able to avoid fraud after an unknown suspect called in false prescriptions for Norco, according to Rock Hill police reports.

The person called the Walgreens on Oakland Avenue and the Bi-Lo on East Main Street, claiming to be a nurse in the emergency department.

The caller claimed to represent doctors at PMC, and had their correct names and their private DEA number that allows them to prescribe controlled medications, the reports stated.

The pharmacists involved called the hospital because the caller was asking for 60 tablets at one pharmacy and 90 tablets at the second, and doctors typically prescribe only 15 at a time.

On the most recent incident report, the suspect is identified as a 31-year-old male.

Statewide, at least nine other similar cases have been recently reported.

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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