The Vienna Patch reports that a 24-year-old woman was arrested for attempting to fill fraudulent prescriptions at a Vienna pharmacy. The young woman, a resident of Gaithersburg, was arrested at the Vienna Drug Center and taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where officers obtained a warrant for prescription fraud. An employee at the Vienna Drug Center alerted authorities around 10 p.m. on April 28 that someone was trying to fill a fraudulent prescription. Upon receiving the information, police also discovered that the woman was wanted in Montgomery County on a warrant for probation violation. The 24-year-old was held on a $5,000 bond for the various charges.
Prescription fraud is a very serious and growing problem in the U.S. Prescription drug fraud is defined as the acquiring or obtaining of a controlled substance by illegal means and the wrongful gain of prescription drugs for personal use, or profit, without a validated prescription from a physician. The crime of prescription fraud can be committed in a number of ways, including forging prescriptions, altering prescriptions to increase the quantity, and impersonating a physician over the phone.
The penalties for a prescription fraud conviction in Maryland can be very serious, but seeking assistance from a Bethesda narcotics defense attorney can help protect you from excessive penalties. At the law firm of Alpert Schreyer, our criminal defense attorneys have a successful track record of defending clients facing drug-related charges and will work diligently to ensure your lawful rights are protected. To discuss your case with us, call (301) 321-7277. The initial consultation is free and confidential.