Lufkin woman gets 12 years for purple drank fraud

Miranda Phillips mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Miranda Phillips mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - A Lufkin woman who posed as a physician to get prescription cough syrup accepted several prison sentences Monday in district court.

Miranda Nicole Phillips, 28, received just one year in county jail on the fraud charge, but also accepted 12 years in prison for a bond revocation.

Phillips also accepted 10 years in prison for two unrelated theft charges.

According to the police report, Phillips called the Lufkin Walmart pharmacy in December and acted as an employee of a Livingston physician and provided prescription information for Promethazine/Codeine syrup, an antihistamine and narcotic cough suppressant combination.

According to online sources, the cough syrup is known as "purple drank," and when taken in large doses, can result in hallucinations for the one drinking it.

Phillips did not follow proper procedure in calling in the prescription, allowing the pharmacy staff to detect the fraud, according to the report.

Police waited for Phillips to arrive at Walmart and arrested her.

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