Estero woman charged with calling in fraudulent prescriptions

Brooke Elizabeth Thompson

Brooke Elizabeth Thompson

An Estero woman faces 14 felony counts after Lee County investigators say she used her employer’s DEA number to call in prescriptions without his knowledge.

Brooke Elizabeth Thompson, 31, of the 20000 block of Calice Circle, was charged with seven counts each of using the identification of another person without his consent and forgery/obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

According to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office report:

On Oct. 29, a pharmacy reported a woman obtained several prescription medications not authorized by the physician and attempted to do it a seventh time. On Nov. 12, investigators requested her records from two different pharmacies. Those records show that between Sept. 8 and Oct. 29 she submitted 10 prescriptions for drugs such as Tramadol, Flexeril, Ativan and Xanax. Two prescriptions were never picked up because the pharmacist confirmed they were fraudulent.

On Feb. 10, investigators spoke with a Fort Myers pain management and rehabilitation doctor who said Thompson was employed by his office until October when he learned his DEA number was used to get prescription drugs without his knowledge. He had treated her for back pain and had called in two prescriptions for Gabapentin and Tramadol in September.

The doctor confronted her after a pharmacist called to verify a prescription for her and "Thompson admitted to him that she had been calling in prescriptions pretending to be calling on behalf" of the doctor. She was then fired.

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