Police: 2 Accused of Stealing 740 Oxycodone Pills After Writing Fraudulent Prescriptions

Published 04/03 2014 03:35PM

Updated 04/03 2014 06:15PM

JOHNSON, Vt. - Two people were arrested for stealing Oxycodone pills from pharmacies in eight towns across Chittenden, Franklin, Lamoille, and Washington counties. 

Vermont State Police say Lauren Wallace, 24, and Nathan Edwards, 25, both of Johnson, Vt., wrote and filled prescriptions from a stolen prescription pad from a doctor's office in Morrisville, Vt. Wallace and Edwards are accused of writing 19 fraudulent prescriptions for Oxycodone. A total of 270 pills were obtained, mostly 30mg pills.

Oxycodone is a Class II regulated drug that is used to relieve moderate to severe pain.  

Police say Wallace and Edwards used their own names and three other false names to obtain the pills. The prescriptions were being charged with prescriptions to Medicaid while others were charged to other people's insurance. 

Both were cited, released, and are scheduled to appear in Chittenden Criminal Court at the end of May to answer to the charge of prescription fraud. 

Police say the case is still under investigation and Wallace and Edwards may face additional charges of Medicaid and insurance fraud. 

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