Thirteen fraudulent scripts


A man has been charged with fraud related offences following an investigation into alleged prescription fraud on the Northern Beaches

During November 2019, officers from Northern Beaches Proactive Crime Team began to look into what they suspected were fraudulent prescriptions being used in numerous pharmacies within their command.

The Daily Telegraph alleges that the man had been using these scripts to obtain Endone.

Officers obtained CCTV from the pharmacies and identified a man who they believed could assist with their inquiries.

About 6.45am on Wednesday 20 November 2019, officers stopped a vehicle on Heath Street, Bankstown, and arrested a 61-year-old man.

Police will allege a search of his vehicle revealed 13 fraudulent prescriptions.

He was taken to Bankstown Police Station where he was charged with 18 offences including deal with identity information to commit indictable offence, obtain or attempt-prohibited drug by false representation (x16), and possess forged prescription.

 

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  1. Anthony Zehetner
    25/11/2019

    Published four days ago on AJP.com.au:

    https://ajp.com.au/news/dangerous-dispensing-went-unreported/

    I assume these 13 scripts were issued in the full knowledge by the prescriber (ie not stolen script pads)? So in the previous news report the doctor and pharmacist are liable for the doctor shopper and less so (well the doctor anyway) here? I wonder if there were more prescriber penalties for doctor-shoppers then the scripts wouldn’t be issued so freely? The doctor doesn’t say they were under duress to prescribe.

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