Wash­ing­ton trio ac­cused of pre­scrip­tion fraud

St. Mary’s phar­macy con­tacted hos­pi­tal about al­leged con­spir­acy; po­lice seized sus­pects

The Enterprise - - Front Page - By JOHN WHARTON jwhar­[email protected]­news.com

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.”

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