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Elizabeth Township woman charged with prescription fraud

Friday, June 20, 2014, 1:41 a.m.
 

An Elizabeth Township woman is charged with trying to process counterfeit prescriptions through a White Oak pharmacy.

Bethany Lynn Pope, 32, was arrested by White Oak police on June 13 as she was at the drive-through window of the Giant Eagle pharmacy at Oak Park Mall.

White Oak Chief Lou Bender said Pope was picking up two fraudulent prescriptions for Alprazolam and Hydrocodone, supposedly submitted by a Bridgeville physician.

Alprazolam is known by the trade name Xanax and is used for panic disorders. Hydrocodone is used as a pain medication.

“(Pope) had called in the prescription for a fictitious person the previous day, June 12, after stating that she worked for a physician's office in Bridgeville,” Bender said. “Then she gave the pharmacy the doctor's Drug Enforcement Agency identification number.”

The White Oak chief said Pope formerly worked for that physician.

“Giant Eagle pharmacy employees confirmed that it was a fraudulent prescription after talking to the doctor,” Bender said. “White Oak police then did a follow-up investigation and arrested the woman.”

She was charged with two felony counts of criminal attempt to acquire a controlled substance by misrepresentation, two misdemeanor counts of criminal attempt, two felony counts and two misdemeanor counts of acquiring those substances and one count of identity theft.

Pope is free pending a preliminary hearing on Aug. 4 at 1:30 p.m. before Magisterial District Judge Thomas G. Miller Jr.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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