In Creek County obtaining prescriptions by fraud is a fairly common charge. In March of 2016, News 9 reports that an ER Doctor’s DEA number was illegally used to obtain prescription drugs at a number of pharmacies in the Oklahoma City area. DEA numbers track prescriptions of certain substances to patients. The offender used it to fill prescriptions of hydrocodone, tramadol, and codeine. Further, the medicines were under several different names. When obtaining prescriptions by fraud, it is common to use family members’ names. If you or someone you love faces charges in Creek County for obtaining prescriptions by fraud read on to understand more about the charges and how we can help.
Proving Obtaining Prescriptions by Fraud
The Oklahoma Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act prohibits using “fraud, deceit, misrepresentation” or false names to fill prescriptions. This is found in 63 Okl.St.Ann. §2-407(A)(1). The Act also carries a requirement for new customers at pharmacies. Any new customer must notify the new pharmacy if they have received any prescription within the last 30 days from another pharmacy. This is meant to prevent people from using several different pharmacies for multiple prescriptions. This is “pharmacy shopping.”
Punishments for Fraudulent Prescriptions
Creek County Penalties are harsh for this particular crime. As listed in 63 Okl.St. Ann . §2-407(D-E), a first offense if a felony that is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a possible $10,000 fine. A second conviction is elevates to a 4 to 20 year sentence. In addition, the fine doubles to a possible $20,000. If you are convicted a second time, then your sentence cannot be suspended or deferred, and it is not eligible for probation.
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Our attorneys at Kania Law understand that life sometimes gets out of hand. Addiction is a tough battle. The first step to defeating addiction is getting on track legally so you can repair your life. In addition, a first consultation with our Creek County attorneys is free. Start now by calling us and letting us know about your situation.