Sep 13 2012
We later found out that this person had 15 arrest warrants, one for attempted murder.
Anderson Independent Mail
Woman allegedly posing as doctor arrested at senator’s pharmacy By Nikie Mayo
ANDERSON — A woman allegedly posing as a doctor to get prescription pain pills was arrested Thursday at an Anderson legislator’s pharmacy. Sen. Kevin Bryant said he caught the woman himself.
Bryant represents Senate District 3 in the South Carolina legislature and owns a pharmacy on Anderson’s North Main Street that bears his name.
The identity of the woman arrested and the Anderson Police Department incident report were not immediately available.
Bryant, a pharmacist, said that he took the woman’s call and that she requested 180 Lortab, the maximum amount that can be dispensed at once. “That amount of medication would be for a patient in serious pain — a cancer patient or a person with major back pain,” Bryant said.
Bryant said the woman identified herself as a doctor in a Greenville practice.
“She gave the name of a real doctor in a real practice,” he said. “But the name she gave was for someone we have dealt with infrequently, so we didn’t automatically know that she wasn’t telling the truth.”
Bryant said he became suspicious of the woman when he asked her for the license number assigned to her by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which shows that she is allowed to prescribe narcotics.
“Usually, a doctor never knows that number,” Bryant said. “They either have their assistants give it to us or they get real irritated when we ask for it and they say, ‘Hold on, let me look it up.’
“She knew that number so quickly, off the top of her head,” Bryant said. “That raised a red flag.”
Bryant said he called the Anderson Police Department and the South Carolina Department of Environmental Control.
“The police said for us to keep her busy once she got here,” he said. “I’ve got to hand it to my technicians, who were asking her what kind of pills she wanted and what color she wanted so it would stall her. We saw the plainclothes officer arrive, and he arrested her.”
Bryant said he reviewed his records after the woman was arrested Thursday and is trying to figure out if she might have given the names of at least two other doctors to obtain prescription medication from his pharmacy during the course of several years.
“We haven’t dealt with this person very much, but it is kind of embarrassing as we look back and see that she may have tricked us before,” he said. “It’s a shame these people don’t do something legitimate, because they are very smart. They would be very good at legitimate work.”