Troopers make arrests across several parishes in prescription fraud Investigations

Troopers make arrests across several parishes in prescription fraud Investigations

POSTED: Monday, January 21, 2013 - 11:00am

UPDATED: Monday, January 21, 2013 - 11:04am

In a continuing effort to combat prescription medication fraud across the state, Louisiana State Police Narcotic Detectives brought to conclusion three separate investigations this past week. The investigations resulted in arrests across numerous parishes in the Troop L region. 

Following an investigation into a complaint received from a Covington dental office, LSP investigators placed Mary A. Newman (59 years old of Roseland, LA) under arrest on charges of Forgery. The investigation began in October of 2012 when the dental office reported numerous forged prescriptions filled across the Tangipahoa Parish area. Troopers’ investigation revealed that Newman, an employee of the dental office, entered the premises after hours to intentionally alter patient names in the computer system and print out fraudulent prescriptions. Newman was found to have committed the forgery on 26 separate patient prescriptions. Upon obtaining a warrant for her arrest, Troopers booked Newman into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on 26 counts of Forgery.

In a separate investigation beginning in May of 2012, Narcotic Detectives discovered that 30 year old Tangipahoa resident Amber Puma had obtained numerous dosages of controlled dangerous substances through fraudulent means. The investigation revealed that Puma had fraudulently obtained prescriptions for Hydrocodone on seven separate occasions. Puma was booked without incident into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.

The third investigation was brought to conclusion with the arrest of a Bogalusa couple charged with numerous counts of prescription fraud and “doctor shopping.” The investigation initiated in October of 2012 when LSP investigators received a complaint from the LSU Medical Center in Bogalusa concerning two individuals suspected of obtaining CDS through fraud. Troopers discovered that 42 year old Michael Pounds and 39 year old Danica Pounds had visited numerous physicians in the Bogalusa area receiving duplicate prescriptions for controlled dangerous substances. The couple was subsequently placed under arrest and booked into the Washington Parish Jail without incident. Michael Pounds was booked with 5 counts of Attempting to Obtain a Prescription or a CDS by Fraud and 15 counts of “doctor shopping.” Danica Pounds was booked with 50 counts of “doctor shopping.”

Louisiana State Police Narcotic Detectives provide the citizens of Louisiana a safer community through proactive drug related enforcement and cooperative efforts with local and federal law enforcement agencies. Through participation in the Pharmaceutical Drug Diversion Program, troopers work to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public by ensuring laws pertaining to pharmacy and controlled dangerous substances are followed by both registrants and medical professionals who handle or possess pharmaceuticals.

Anyone wishing to report criminal or suspicious activity to the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations is urged to contact detectives at 225-925-3682.

The Louisiana State Police on-line reporting system is also available to the public through a convenient and secure reporting form that is submitted to the appropriate investigators. Citizens can access the form by visiting and clicking the Suspicious Activity link.

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