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Monterey woman arrested for drug fraud

VIDALIA — A Monterey woman was arrested Tuesday after allegedly using her position at a local pharmacy to fraudulently obtain pills.

Misty D. Stephens, 34, 7229 Louisiana 129, Monterey, was arrested on six counts of obtaining a controlled and dangerous substance by fraud.

Concordia Parish Narcotics Task Force Agent Chris Groh said he received a call from Miss-Lou Family Dentistry notifying him of the incident.

Stephens allegedly used her position to call in six prescriptions of hydrocodone to Island Pharmacy and Medical Supply in Sicily Island for her mother.

She allegedly made the call-ins for prescriptions from August 2012 to January 2013.

“Her mother was already on some medication, but Stephens just called the pills in as extra,” Groh said. “Stephens’ mother just picked them up like everything was normal.”

The mother, Susan C. Stephens, 60, 3040 Louisiana 913, Sicily Island, was also arrested Tuesday on charges of six counts of criminal conspiracy to obtain a controlled and dangerous substance by fraud.

Groh said each prescription of hydrocodone contains 20 to 30 pills and is worth at least $140 per prescription in street value.

More charges may be forthcoming, he said.

Groh said Stephens may have used her position to fraudulently obtain medicine in the past, beyond the incidences for which she was charged.

Groh declined to elaborate what the potential forthcoming charges include.

“There are other things that will most likely develop,” he said.

Groh said Stephens is also affiliated with Vidalia resident Stephanie Whittington, who was arrested in March on 65 drug-related charges.

Whittington, 31, J.H. Hamilton Road, Vidalia, was charged with 17 counts of obtaining possession of a controlled substance by fraud and 48 counts of prescribing, distributing or dispensing a controlled substance.

Groh said Whittington was allegedly operating in a similar manner to Stephens, calling in fraudulent prescriptions to pharmacies.