Pharmacy workers foil alleged pain medication prescription scam
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.
--Joe Piasecki, Glendale News-Press / Times Community News