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08/23/2013

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Sarasota News Leader August 23, 2013 Page 57 SARASOTA COUPLE ARRESTED ON PRESCRIPTION FRAUD CHARGES The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested a Sarasota couple on multiple charges of obtaining controlled substances by fraud, the office has announced. A pharmacist contacted investigators with the Pharmaceutical Diversion Unit in early July about a possible fraudulent prescription for Shannon Moulton, 40, of 2888 Grazeland Drive, Sarasota, a news release says. The criminal report says the pharmacist called the doctor's office on July 6 in an attempt to verify the prescription with the physician. An employee who identified herself as "Shannon" answered the phone, the report continues, "and advised that the doctor was not available. It was later determined that [the doctor] had left the dermatology practice in December 2012," the report notes. Claiborne Moulton/Contributed photo The investigation revealed that over a period of 15 months, Moulton called in and faxed dozens of allegedly fraudulent prescriptions to a variety of pharmacies to obtain approximately 1,760 Hydrocodone pills and additional doses of antibiotics, the news release adds. She used the names and DEA numbers of doctors she had worked with at a dermatology office, the release notes. Moulton turned herself in to the Sarasota County Jail on Aug. 21 to face 52 charges, including Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud, Obtaining a Legend Drug by Fraud and Criminal Use of Personal Identification Information. Her husband, Claiborne Moulton, 42, is facing 28 charges, including Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud and Principal to Obtain a Controlled Substance by Fraud. Shannon Moulton/Contributed photo

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