Prescription drug fraud uncovered in Chico

Apr 3, 2014 4:47 PM

A Chico woman was arrested this morning at a local doctor’s office for allegedly obtaining prescription drugs with fraudulent prescriptions.

According to a Chico Police Department press release, Cassie Lawley, 37, an employee at a local doctor’s office was allegedly involved in obtaining more than 15,000 narcotic pills since November of 2012.

Chico Police began an investigation in March after a local pharmacist noticed unusually large prescriptions for a controlled (Norco) substance being called in from a local doctor’s office. Each prescription was for about 540 pills.

According to police, the pharmacist attempted to contact the Doctor and confirm the validity of the prescriptions, but could only reach a staff member. The staff member said the prescriptions were legitimate three month supplies and the doctor was unavailable.

The pharmacist then received a call from someone claiming to be the doctor, who said the prescriptions were all legitimate. Despite this call, the pharmacist was still suspicious and contacted another physician who provided the doctors personal cell phone.

The pharmacist was then able to reach the ‘real’ doctor who confirmed that none of the large prescriptions were legitimate and the people picking them up were not his patients.

During the investigation Chico police learned that Lawley, an employee at the doctor’s office had picked up at least two of the prescriptions herself and attempted to cover for the other bogus patients.

Lawley was arrested this morning at the doctor’s officer and charged with obtaining controlled substances by fraud and burglary.


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