Lexington couple arrested for obtaining opioid pills through fraud

Two Oglethorpe County residents were arrested Tuesday for allegedly obtaining hundreds of doses of opioid medication through fraud.

Carla Delores Brown, 44, and Jimmy Lewis Mattox, 55, both of Lexington, were each charged with 40 counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, Athens-Clarke County police said.

According to police, the suspects used a prescription pad from a doctor in Oglethorpe County for whom Brown formerly worked to obtain 600 hydrocodone pills from the CVS pharmacy on Lexington Road.

The CVS pharmacist on May 23 reportedly told police that between April 2 and May 4 Brown used forged prescriptions from the doctor’s pad to obtain 60-count hydrocodone prescriptions on at least six occasions. Mattox allegedly obtained 120-count hydrocodone prescriptions at least twice, police said.

The pharmacist said Brown’s former employer had closed his medical practice, according to police.

Police said that prior to issuing warrants they viewed video surveillance footage of the pair picking up prescriptions.

Brown and Mattox were picked up by sheriff’s deputies Tuesday afternoon and were released from the Clarke County Jail Wednesday morning upon posting bonds of $115,700 each, according to the jail.

courtesy onlineathens.com
By Joe Johnson

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