Two arrested on prescription fraud charges

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Scott and Hawkes
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Delaware State Police Drug Diversion Unit investigators have arrested a Philadelphia woman and charged her in connection with providing fraudulent prescriptions for controlled substances.

The investigation began in May after members of the Delaware State Police Drug Diversion Unit (DDU) were called to the Walgreens Pharmacy, located at 38 Fox Hunt Drive, Bear.

Upon their arrival, agents took Devon Hawkes, 25, of Bear, into custody. They learned that Hawkes had presented a prescription which was purportedly signed by a Wilmington area doctor however, it was determined that the prescription was fictitious.

Hawkes was taken to nearby Troop 2, where it was learned that a former medical assistant at the Wilmington area doctor’s office, identified as Annette Scott, 49, had taken prescription pads from the office and forged the doctor’s signature.

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She then distributed 23prescriptions, all for controlled substances, to several individuals, including Hawkes. The individuals wouldthen fill the prescriptions at area pharmacies and use theirMedicaid Insurance to pay for the fraudulent prescriptions.

Scott, who arrested by State Police agents on Monday, July 31 was charged with 23 feloniesincluding Theft of a Blank Prescription Form or Pad, Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud, Forgery 2nd Degree, Insurance Fraud, Identity Theft, and Conspiracy 2nd. She was arraigned at JP Court 2 and committed to the Delores J. Baylor Correctional Institution in default of $43,000.00 secured bail.

Hawkes was arrested by agents on June 30. He was charged with 19 feloniesand two misdemeanors to includeObtaining or Attempting to Obtain a Controlled Substance by Fraud, Conspiracy 2nd Degree,Forgery, andReceiving Stolen Property. He was arraigned at JP Court 2 and released on $10,500.00 unsecured bail.

This investigation is still ongoing and more arrests are expected.

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