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December 17, 2013

Pair charged with prescription drug fraud

By CHRISTIN COYNE

A man and woman from the Dallas area were arrested last week on charges they were attempting to obtain drugs by presenting false prescriptions at Parker County pharmacies.

A pharmacy technician at a Weatherford pharmacy contacted the Weatherford-Parker County Special Crimes Unit on Dec. 10 regarding a woman attempting to obtain hydrocodone and Xanax.

When the woman’s driver’s license didn’t match the name on the prescription and the woman could not remember her phone number, the pharmacy contacted the Dallas doctor, who stated she had no patient with that name and that the prescriptions were fraudulent, according to a probable cause affidavit.

SCU advised the pharmacist to fill the prescription.

After the woman came out of the store and got into a gray 2013 Ford Focus, investigators reportedly followed the vehicle to another pharmacy, where the woman went inside and reportedly attempted to obtain hydrocodone and Xanax with a different first name on the prescription.

SCU approached Lora Donette Rangel, 44, while she was still inside the store, while Weatherford police made contact with the driver of the vehicle, Michael Ray Thomas, 33, in the parking lot.

Police reportedly observed Thomas filling out additional prescriptions by hand before arresting him.

Additional filled prescriptions for hydrocodone and Xanax were also located in the vehicle. The drugs had been obtained under a similar name from a Hudson Oaks pharmacy that day, according to the probably cause affidavit.

Other prescriptions were reportedly located in the vehicle.

Each faces two third-degree felony charges of fraudulently obtaining or attempting to possess a controlled substance.

Rangel remained in the Parker County Jail Tuesday, while Ray was released on $20,000 bond Thursday, according to jail records.

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