Trio Arrested and Charged in Prescription Fraud Scheme

    Three men were arrested and charged with prescription fraud offenses after LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were made aware of some suspicious activity at a local pharmacy on February 22, 2013.
Detectives were advised that a black male had entered the Urania Drug Store and presented a prescription for a controlled substance and an identification card, but then ran out of the building. Employees saw a car pull up and the man entered the vehicle and it sped away.
This suspicious activity was reported to LPSO detectives and a search began for these men.
The Louisiana State Police were contacted because the man’s identification indicated that he resided in Giesmar, LA. Investigators with the State Police arrived in the area and began an investigation.
Officers ultimately located the suspect vehicle and detained two black males that were in the car, but the suspect from the pharmacy was not with them. This man was located on foot a short time later in Urania and was detained and transported to the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning.
It was determined that the trio was part of a prescription fraud ring that had been operating in several other parishes in the state.
All three were arrested and charged as follows:
Willie J. Spain, Jr., 62, was charged with criminal conspiracy to obtain CDS by fraud, possession of CDS II (oxycodone), possession of CDS III (hydrocodone), possession of CDS IV (alprazolam), and possession of CDS IV (carisoprodol), 2 counts. Bond was set at $90,000.
Aaron A. Cox-Penrow, 24, was charged with criminal conspiracy to obtain CDS by fraud, possession of CDS II (oxycodone), possession of CDS III (hydrocodone), possession of CDS IV (alprazolam), and possession of CDS IV (carisoprodol), 2 counts. Bond was set at $45,000.
Anthony R. Evans, 52, was charged with criminal conspiracy to obtain CDS by fraud, and obtaining CDS by fraud, 4 counts. Bond was set at $150,000.
As of press time on Monday, all three remained in the LaSalle Parish Jail.
Sheriff Scott Franklin commended his detectives for their quick and professional work in solving this case quickly.
“Our detectives were on the scene within a very short time, did a good investigation and began the process of locating these suspects,” Franklin said. “We would also like to thank and commend the State Police for their work on this case.”

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