Sarasota couple arrested on prescription drug fraud charges

Herald Staff ReportsAugust 21, 2013 

SARASOTA -- A Sarasota couple were arrested on multiple counts of prescription drug fraud, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

Shannon Moulton, 40, who turned herself in to the Sarasota County jail on Wednesday, is facing 52 charges, including multiple counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, obtaining a legend drug by fraud and criminal use of personal identification information, according to a news release.

Her husband Claiborne Moulton, 44, is facing 28 charges, including multiple counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and principal to obtain a controlled substance by fraud.

Detectives in the pharmaceutical diversion unit were notified of the alleged fraud by a pharmacist who called about a possible fraudulent prescription in early July, according to the sheriff's office

An investigation uncovered that Shannon Moulton had called-in or faxed-in over dozens of fraudulent prescriptions to various pharmacies in order to get about 1,760 Hydrocodone pills and doses of antibiotics.

Shannon Moulton had used the names and Drug Enforcement Agency identification numbers of doctors she had worked with at a dermatology office.

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