Deputies: Immokalee man illegally obtained 13,000 pills

A tip from a pain management clinic led to the arrest of an Immokalee man Monday accused of fraudulently obtaining more than 13,000 painkillers and other pills.

Albert Lozano, 36, faces 37 counts of fraudulently concealing information to obtain prescription following his arrest by Lee County sheriff’s deputies. A warrant had been out for his arrest since March 2012.

Investigators said Lozano went to six practices during a 22-month stretch, obtaining more than 10,000 Roxicodone pills, about 2,000 Xanax pills, 840 pills of other painkillers and 90 Percocet pills. He often received 150 to 300 Roxicodone pills and 30 to 60 Xanax pills at each appointment, records show.

In each case, Lozano failed to disclose that he’d received a prescription from another doctor in the previous 30 days, investigators said.

Lee deputies were tipped off to Lozano after a call from A New Life Pain Management in October 2011, an arrest warrant said. Investigators then subpeonaed medical records from two pain management clinics, discovering the overlapping prescriptions.

Lozano was released Tuesday on an unspecified amount of bond.

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