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Pharmacy workers foil alleged pain medication prescription scam

March 22, 2011 |  7:59 am

A woman who allegedly used forged prescriptions to obtain large amounts of opiate pain medication was arrested Friday morning after quick-thinking employees of a La Cañada Flintridge pharmacy unraveled the apparent scam.

Pharmacist Sonal Patel and pharmacy technician Belle Cruz of Flintridge Pharmacy & Medical Supply said they had become suspicious of multiple prescription drug orders for a single patient last week, and after some digging surmised that the orders were coming from a fictitious medical office.

The two pharmacy workers notified the Crescenta Valley sheriff’s station, and mid-morning Friday deputies arrested 28-year-old Van Nuys resident Tina Bokazadeh after she arrived to pick up her third bottle of Norco — a derivation of the potentially addictive opiate hydrocodone — that week. Bokazadeh, who posted bail Monday, is now also being investigated in relation to similar alleged scams throughout the Los Angeles area.

Pharmacists foil alleged prescription drug scam.


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