The Marco Island-based president of the nonprofit Prescriptions 4 Hope was arrested Wednesday, accused of forging prescriptions and selling the medications out of her home.
Joyce Crain, 62, of 1517 Caxambas Court, faces charges of forgery, criminal use of personal identification and possession of a controlled substance.
Acting on a search warrant at Crain’s home, Marco Island police found forged prescriptions, a small amount of controlled substance medications, $120,000 to $150,000 worth of nonscheduled prescription medications and other incriminating documents, said Assistant Chief Dave Baer.
Crain’s Prescriptions 4 Hope says it provides medications to poor or uninsured patients. The 62-year-old also operated a business under the fictitious corporation name of Collier County Heath Services, Baer said.
Investigators said they had evidence that showed Crain forged prescriptions using local doctors’ names and signatures. She would then create false Prescription Assistance Program (PAP) applications and submit them to pharmaceutical companies to obtain the drugs, which she sold to patients, police said.
Crain also is accused of altering public records to classify her business as a health clinic, which helped her get better access to the medications.
Police encourage patients who were obtaining medications from Crain to contact their doctor to find another patient advocate.