Washington trio accused of prescription fraud
St. Mary’s pharmacy contacted hospital about alleged conspiracy; police seized suspects
Three Washington residents were taken into custody last Friday in northern St. Mary’s and later released on unsecured bonds to await a court hearing on charges of conspiring to illegally obtain a prescription drug at a pharmacy.
The arrest of Robert E. McAllister, 24, Rodney M. Wells, 23, and Bryan A. Bobb, 23, followed a Dec. 21 phone call to the Mechanicsville business by someone representing himself as a doctor from a hospital in Virginia, with a prescription order for promethazine/codeine for a female patient, according to court papers listing the address of Tidewater Pharmacy.
The caller had the correct federal identification number for Dr. David Griswell, the court papers state, but the pharmacy staff’s call to the Virginia Hospital Center confirmed that the woman named by the caller was not a patient of the doctor, “and the doctor did not prescribe that medication.”
Last week, the caller claiming to be the doctor
contacted the pharmacy again to make the same request for the same patient, court papers state, and St. Mary’s sheriff’s narcotics detectives also contacted the hospital, before McAllister entered the pharmacy on Friday and asked for the prescription.
Law officers took McAllister into custody inside the pharmacy, according to a statement of probable cause alleging that during police questioning, he said that Wells gave him the money to pick up the prescription, and that Wells instructed Bobb to drive to the pharmacy.
Wells and Bobb were found sitting in a vehicle outside the business, the court papers state, adding that the investigation determined
that “Wells utilized the doctor’s DEA number and [the woman’s] personal identifying information” in the attempt to obtain the drugs.
A cellphone in Bobb’s lap showed a GPS app’s address for a CVS pharmacy in Waldorf, the court papers state, alleging that Bobb was preparing to drive to the other pharmacy, telling police he was “just doing a favor for a friend.”