Prescriptions by Fraud Charges in Oklahoma on are the rise. In the summer of 2016 a Coweta doctor was charged by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics for obtaining prescriptions by fraud. He would write prescriptions to patients he did not treat to acquire the drugs for himself. Further, the doctor wrote many fraudulent prescriptions in the names of his friends and family. If you or a loved one is in a similar situation, read on to understand the charges and how we can help.
Elements of Prescriptions by Fraud Charges:
In Oklahoma, the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act (63 Okl.St.Ann. §2-407(A)(1)) makes it illegal to get prescriptions by “fraud, deceit, misrepresentation”. Using a “false name” is also illegal. Further, if a person becomes a patient at a new pharmacy, by law they must disclose any prescription received in the past 30 days from another pharmacy. Non-disclosure of multiple pharmacies is known as “pharmacy shopping.” Therefore, using multiple pharmacies, false names, or writing prescriptions without the knowledge and consent of a treating physician are all grounds for punishment.
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Oklahoma Penalties Fraudulent Prescriptions Charges:
In 63 Okl.St.Ann. §2-407(D-E), you can read more about the penalties for obtaining a prescription by fraud. A first offense is a felony. This is subject to up to 10 years imprisonment and also a fine of up to $10,000. The second offense has stricter punishment. A second offense can have a sentence of 4 to 20 years. Moreover, the fine amount doubles to up to $20,000. A second offense is not always deferrable or available for probation. Thus, the penalties are significant.
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