Investigation Nets Prescription Forgery Ring Bust

Clinton Police and MBN partner to combat growing problem

On  March 13, 2017, the Clinton Police Department (CPD) responded to the CVS Pharmacy located at 801 U.S. Highway 80 East in Clinton, Mississippi in regards to a possible prescription fraud in progress.  As the CPD Officers arrived on scene, two (2) suspects, Ranisha Longstreet and James Love, were sitting in a parked vehicle on the South side of the pharmacy.

A CPD Detective entered the pharmacy and arrested Longstreet’s husband, Anthony Beverly.

Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that Ranisha Longstreet had been employed at a hospital in Rankin County, Mississippi and is suspected of having stolen several blank prescriptions over an extended period of time.  Anthony Beverly is suspected of forging the prescriptions, using various names as patient information.

This particular method of prescription fraud is known to the CPD and so far, it was determined that the three suspects have had filled, over two thousand six hundred seventy (2,670) dosage units of Hydrocodone / Acetaminophen.

The CPD began working the investigation in conjunction with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN) due to the volume of controlled substance having been obtained fraudulently and possibly distributed by this particular group of suspects.

On the morning of 03-15-2017, the CPD and MBN executed a document search warrant at the residence of Longstreet and Beverly at 1037-B Whitworth Street in Jackson, Mississippi.

Inside, agents recovered consistent evidence indicating that Longstreet had been stealing blank prescriptions from her employer.  Agents expect that the investigation will divulge additional patient names used by Longstreet and Beverly to forge the fraudulent prescriptions and expect the pill dosage count to grow, significantly.

All three (3) suspects are currently each being held on a $250,000 bond.  MBN Pharmaceutical Diversion agents will continue this investigation. Individuals with information regarding this case or other cases of prescription fraud can contact the Clinton Police Department at (601) 924-5252.

 

1 Comment

  1. Jeff on March 21, 2017 at 11:24 am

    All of this could have been avoided if the hospital simply used laser printers that were equipped with intelligent paper tray locks in them. If they just used these locks then the forms couldn’t have been stolen. The medical community needs to understand that mechanical key lock type paper tray locks are ineffective and worse, provides the user with a false sense of security. Here are some examples of how easy it is to steal these forms from a locked laser printer.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXWtsThk63q3aDkruFe3pLg

    This also raises an interesting question. Doctors are being blamed for overprescribing pain meds. But are they? This is a great argument that they’re not. Here’s a bunch of prescription that obviously inflated the statistics and as the article says “expect the pill dosage to grow, significantly”. We know e-prescribing these drugs isn’t the as New York’s Opioid death rate went up 136% after they went all electronic. It’s crazy to think that a electronic paper tray lock might be the fix to the weak link within the system.

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