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Ottawa County woman arrested for prescription fraud

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:42 AM

The investigation began after police received a report from a doctor’s office in the Grand Rapids area, where the woman had been employed, said Sgt. Bruce Morningstar of the Fruitport Township Police Department. He said records suggest the suspect had submitted more than 40 fraudulent prescriptions for controlled medications over a two-year period while she was employed by the doctor.

The woman is alleged to have used her position at the doctor’s office to submit the fraudulent prescriptions in her own name, police said. She would then pick up the prescriptions at pharmacies throughout Muskegon and Ottawa counties.

Fruitport Township police coordinated the investigation with law enforcement agencies in Ottawa County. Morningstar said the woman may also be facing charges in Ottawa County.

The woman turned herself in to police Tuesday morning. Police are not releasing the name of the suspect or the doctor’s office where she worked, or the names of the involved pharmacies.

Morningstar said there is nothing in the investigation so far that suggests the woman had been submitting fraudulent prescriptions for anyone besides herself, or that she had sold or provided the medications to others.

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