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UPDATE: Ninth person arrested in Beckley prescription fraud ring

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BECKLEY (WVVA) - The last individual wanted in a Beckley prescription fraud investigation has been arrested, Police Chief Tim Deems says.
 
Raymond L. Duncan, 30, of Midway turned himself in to Beckley PD Thursday.
 
Duncan has been charged in Federal Court with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud (Oxycodone) and distribution of a controlled substance (Oxycodone).
 
Duncan's is the final of nine arrests in the investigation.
 
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BECKLEY (WVVA) - A total of eight individuals -- including a doctor's office receptionist -- have been arrested after police bust a Beckley-area prescription fraud ring.
 
One other individual who has not been identified remains at large.
 
Following is the full news release from Beckley Police Chief Timothy Deems:
 
The Beckley Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration Tactical Diversion Squad initiated an investigation of a group of individuals from the Beckley, Raleigh County area for obtaining controlled substances by fraud and the distribution of these controlled substances.
 
Sergeant J.L. McDaniel, a Detective with Beckley Police Department and a Task Force Officer with the DEA, received a complaint from a local pharmacy reference a possible forged prescription.  McDaniel followed up on this complaint and uncovered a prescription fraud ring that involved several subjects.  The crime started with a receptionist that worked for a Beckley doctor that stole blank prescriptions from the office.  The receptionist wrote these prescriptions for Oxycodone pills and forged the doctor's name. These fraudulent prescriptions were given to conspiring subjects to be filled.  Once the prescriptions were filled, the receptionist would receive a portion of the pills or the proceeds from selling the pills.  The remaining pills would be abused or sold by the conspirators.  In total, this crime netted the group over 2000 Oxycodone pills that were obtained by fraudulent means.   
 
This investigation came to a close on December 10, 2013 with federal arrest warrants being obtained and the arrest of 8 subjects and one arrest still outstanding.  The arrests include:
 
  • Tina Richmond (41 years old) of Beckley arrested for Obtaining a controlled substance by fraud (oxycodone) and distribution of a controlled substance (oxycodone)
  • Brianna Wood (18 years old) of Sophia, arrested for obtaining a controlled substance by fraud (oxycodone) and distribution of a controlled substance (oxycodone)
  • Curtis Sears (21 years old) of  Crab Orchard, arrested for obtaining a controlled substance by fraud (oxycodone) and distribution of a controlled substance (oxycodone)
  • Sherry Lively (46 years old) of MacArthur, arrested for obtaining a controlled substance by fraud (oxycodone) and distribution of a controlled substance (oxycodone)
  • Robert Sears (21 years old) of MacArthur, arrested for obtaining a controlled substance by fraud (oxycodone) and distribution of a controlled substance (oxycodone)
  • Justin Woodie (22 years old) of Crab Orchard, arrested for obtaining a controlled substance by fraud (oxycodone) and distribution of a controlled substance (oxycodone)
  • Stephen Hatcher (35 years old) of Beckley, arrested for obtaining a controlled substance by fraud (oxycodone) and distribution of a controlled substance (oxycodone)
  • Jeremy Blankenship of Crab Orchard, arrested for attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud (oxycodone).
 
The name of the outstanding arrest is not being released at this time. The arrests of these eight subjects were made with the assistance of the United States Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force.
 
The Drug Enforcement Administration Charleston West Virginia Tactical Diversion Squad investigates the diversion of pharmaceuticals from the legitimate market.  The team is specially funded by the Diversion Control Fee Account and its charter is restricted only to investigations related to diversion activities.   The TDS investigates the full spectrum of diversion violators, to include Drug Trafficking Organizations, rogue doctors/pharmacists/nurses, medical staff, distributors, manufacturers, retail outlets, and anyone else involved with illegal diversion.  The TDS has the ability to bring criminal, civil and regulatory charges against violators.  The Charleston TDS is responsible for covering the entire state of West Virginia.  The Beckley Police Department has been a member of the DEA TDS since its beginning in 2012 and has one Officer assigned to the task force full time.
 
You can report these crimes to the Beckley Police Department at 304-256-1844.  You can report criminal activity and remain anonymous.  You can also report drug crimes to the DEA at 304-347-5209.
 
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