Marco Island nonprofit operator says criminal charge is 'blown out of proportion'

Joyce Crain

Joyce Crain

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— At a court hearing Wednesday, a Marco Island nonprofit president accused of prescription fraud compared her arrest to being raped repeatedly.

During a three-hour appearance before Collier Circuit Judge Ramiro Mañalich, Joyce Crain sparred with a state prosecutor and told a police officer who asked how she was doing, “I’m doing better than you are.”

Crain, the 63-year-old founder of the nonprofit Prescriptions 4 Hope, is accused of forging prescriptions and selling them to low-income patients out of her home on Caxambas Court. In an exchange with Assistant State Attorney Lisa Mead that at times turned smarmy, Crain said she had “justifiable rage” toward Marco Island police Sgt. Linda Guerrero, one of the arresting officers.

“Justifiable rage is when things are done to you, as if a girl would be raped. And then you bring her into the courtroom and rape her over and over and over again and you charge her with things that are way beyond her control and blown completely out of proportion,” Crain testified. “That’s what justifiable rage is.”

Crain’s attorney, Lee Hollander, said Wednesday that statements made by Crain before her arrest should be suppressed because Crain wasn’t read her Miranda rights when officers executed a search warrant at her home on Aug. 1, 2012, and arrested her.

Crain alleged an officer asked for the passwords to her computer and email account, which she then provided. Hollander argued that evidence on the computers also should be suppressed.

Hollander’s motion identified Guerrero as the officer who asked for Crain’s passwords, but in court, Crain said it was an overweight blond male officer whom she couldn’t identify by name.

Mañalich denied the motion because of Hollander’s error in identifying the officer who supposedly wrote down Crain’s passwords. Hollander indicated he would file another motion correcting the error.

Crain is due back in court in October for a pretrial conference. She remains out of jail on bonds totaling $107,500.

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Comments » 3

ed34145 writes:

Comparing her situation to rape is asinine. This woman is an insult to victims everywhere.

RayPray writes:

"In an exchange with Assistant State Attorney Lisa Mead that at times turned smarmy, Crain said she had “justifiable rage” toward Marco Island police Sgt. Linda Guerrero, one of the arresting officers."

>>> smarmy???

>>> So embarrassing when the Menckens scribling for this rag attempt to stretch beyond the customary 'Dick & Jane' level of characterization....

2themoon writes:

Imagine that a scam artist from Marco...may she should run for council

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