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Two suspects accused of prescription fraud

April 10, 2019, Houma, LA — Two suspects were arrested this week after forging several drug prescriptions, police said.
Nicole Karpinski, 31, and John Menser, 39, both of Patterson, are charged with multiple counts of obtaining a controlled dangerous substance by fraud and forgery, the Houma Police Department said. Karpinski was additionally charged with Medicaid fraud.
Houma Police narcotics agents began an investigation on April 4 after being contacted by a local doctor regarding a patient who obtained a legitimate prescription in March for non-narcotic medication, authorities said.
The patient, identified as Karpinski, then altered the prescription information and used it to obtain 10 separate prescriptions for hydrocodone or oxycodone from several area pharmacies, police said.

Investigators later learned Karpinski’s boyfriend, Menser, used forged prescriptions from the same doctor to obtain medication, police said. The couple also filled forged prescriptions from other physicians, authorities said.
Karpinski used Medicaid to pay for four of the forged prescriptions, police said.
After police obtained warrants, Menser was arrested in Patterson and was later transported to the Terrebonne Parish jail, authorities said. Karpinski turned herself in Wednesday and has been cooperating with the investigation, police said.
Menser was jailed on a $200,000 bond and Karpinski is being held on a $220,000 bond. She also has outstanding warrants for issuing worthless checks, police said.

Source: Houma Today

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