City Woman Charged With Prescription Fraud

Posted: April 23, 2013

HARRISONBURG — A former Harrisonburg doctor’s office employee is accused of using the names of fake patients to obtain prescription painkillers.

Rachael Wilson, 31, is charged with seven felony counts of obtaining a prescription drug by fraud, seven felony counts of drug possession and seven misdemeanor counts of falsifying patient records.

Police say the crimes took place from January through March. She was arrested April 3 and released from Rockingham County Jail on a $1,000 secured bond.

Lt. Chris Rush, commander of the investigations division at the Harrisonburg Police Department, said the investigation started after a local pharmacy noticed Wilson coming into the business and receiving hydrocodone — a pain reliever — under different names.

He said Wilson, who at the time worked at a doctor’s office, was calling in prescriptions using the physician’s identification number. He said it appears she was using fake names and addresses.

After she called in the prescription, she would go to the pharmacy and pick up the pills, according to police.

Police have not released where she was employed, but they said she no longer works at the doctor’s office.

During her first appearance in Rockingham County General District Court Monday, Judge Richard Claybrook scheduled a preliminary hearing for June 26.

Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6278 or pdelea@dnronline.com



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