Lufkin woman accused of ordering prescription illegally

Dannette Taylor mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Dannette Taylor mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police arrested woman after she allegedly tried to order a drug prescription, even though she was not authorized to do so.

According to the police report, an employee of CVS Pharmacy, located at 1204 East Lufkin Ave., contacted police to report a possible fraud incident.

The employee stated that someone claiming to be an employee of a Lufkin-area doctor's office called in a prescription for two medications, Hydrocodone- Acetaminophen 7.5/500MG and Amoxicillin 500MG, but pharmacy employees did not believe the caller was authorized to call in the prescription.

Narcotics investigators responded to the pharmacy to attempt to make contact with the suspect when they arrived to retrieve the prescription medications. While waiting for the suspect to arrive at the pharmacy, one of the investigators contacted the "prescribing" doctor's office and verified that the called in prescription was fraudulent and that the doctor does not have a patient by the name for which the medication was prescribed.

The suspect, Dannette Taylor, 25, of Lufkin, arrived at the pharmacy at approximately 5:45 p.m. and identified herself to pharmacy staff as the person to whom the medications were prescribed, according to the report. While being watched by the investigators, the suspect received a bag containing pill bottles and then walked into the women's restroom, according to the report. A few moments later, the suspect returned to the pharmacy counter and removed two prescription bottles from the bag, showed them to en employee, and complained that the bottles were empty, according to the report. The employee told her that he was aware that there was no medication in the bottles and, while pointing at one of the investigators, told her that she might want to speak to that man.

The investigators escorted the suspect outside of the business.  As the investigator arrested Taylor for the Third Degree Felony offense of Fraud, Texas Health and Safety Code §481.129 5(C), Taylor said that she was sorry, according to the report.

During a police interview, Taylor confessed to calling in the fraudulent prescriptions, according to the report, and stated that she did so because she was having lower back pain due to having a kidney stone. She said that she used the name of an old friend as the "patient" name because she did not want to get into trouble for calling-in the prescriptions and she knew that the friend had moved away from Texas, according to the report.

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