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What is Prescription Drug Fraud?

Prescription drug fraud can be committed by doctors or patients. Patients commit prescription drug fraud in order to obtain a prescription for a controlled substance through fraud, deceit, misrepresentation or concealing facts. Doctors commit prescription drug fraud by writing illegal prescriptions either for themselves, friends, family, or patients.

Examples of Prescription Drug Fraud

  • A woman goes to the doctor with a fake injury in order to get prescription pain killers.
  • A man goes to multiple doctors for the same problem in order to get multiple prescriptions of a controlled substance.
  • A doctor charges a flat fee to write patients any prescription they want.


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Penalties for Prescription Drug Fraud

Prescription drug fraud is a wobbler, meaning it can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Cases could be charged in state or Federal Courts. If charged as a misdemeanor the penalties include:

  • Misdemeanor probation
  • Imprisonment
  • A fine up to $1,000

If charged a felony the penalties include:

  • Felony probation
  • Imprisonment
  • A fine up to $20,000

If a medical professional commits prescription drug fraud they will likely lose his or her professional medical license. Cases prosecuted in federal court could face much more severe punishment.

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Legal Defenses for Prescription Drug Fraud

Perhaps you really do suffer from severe pain and are in need of painkillers. If you didn’t act with fraud or deceit to obtain your prescription, then you can’t be charged with prescription drug fraud.

As a person in a medical profession, you had to have known that you were prescribing a controlled substance for illegitimate reasons. If you honestly thought that the patient was in need of a certain controlled substance, then you can’t be charged with prescription drug fraud.

Entrapment happens with a law enforcement officer goes undercover to catch someone doing something illegal. If they used pressure, harassment, fraud, flattery, bribery or threats to get you to prescribe them a controlled substance or get you to obtain a controlled substance for someone else, then that would be entrapment.

Have you been legally accused of committing prescription drug fraud? If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, it is essential to obtain legal council for help. It’s important to take your charges seriously. Don’t just hope for the best. Hire an attorney who understands your situation and the consequences you face.

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