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
- A fine up to $1,000
If charged a felony the penalties include:
- Felony probation
- 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.
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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I’m Mark A. Broughton and I’m here to fight for you. I have been a defense Attorney for 40+ years and have represented thousands of people accused of crimes. I have extensive experience representing citizens charged with White Collar Crimes such as Credit Card Fraud, Embezzlement, Insurance Fraud, and Mortgage Fraud, to name a few.
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