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February 12, 2014

Indictments returned on 2 charged with drug fraud

By CHRISTIN COYNE

A Parker County grand jury indicted a man and woman accused of attempting to obtain drugs by presenting false prescriptions at Parker County pharmacies in December.

The grand jury handed down two indictments against Lora Donette Rangel, 44, and Michael Ray Thomas, 33, charged with a total of four counts each of fraudulent possession of a controlled substance/prescription. 

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 reportedly stated she had no patient with that name and that the prescriptions were fraudulent, according to a probable cause affidavit.

An SCU officer advised the pharmacist to fill the prescription.

Law enforcement officers then followed the vehicle the woman was in from the store to another pharmacy, where Rangel went inside and reportedly attempted to obtain hydrocodone and Xanax with a different first name on the prescription.

Rangel was arrested inside the store while Thomas was arrested in the parking lot.

Weatherford police reportedly observed Thomas filling out additional prescriptions by hand before the officer arrested 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, as well.

Other indictments returned Feb. 6 included:

• Paula Marie Beck, injury to a child/elderly/disabled.

• James William Curtis Jr., theft of property, more than $1,500, less than $20,000.

• Nathan Thomas Daniel, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram.

• Sarah Elizabeth Ford, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram.

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