UPDATE: Final suspects turns himself in

Local - 12/12/2013 11:46 PM
UPDATE (12/12/13) - The last person wanted in the Fraudulent Prescription Case was arrested Thursday after he turned himself into Beckley Police. 

Beckley Police Chief Tim Deems says Raymond L. Duncan, 30, of Midway turned himself in Thursday.

He has been charged in Federal Court with Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud and Distribution of a Controlled Substance. He is one of nine people charged in prescription fraud ring that began with a receptionist allegedly stealing blank prescription from the doctor she worked for.


BECKLEY - Eight people were arrested and one remained at large Wednesday morning after the Beckley Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration's Tactical Diversion Squad received a complaint from a local pharmacy about a potential forged prescription. 

Beckley Police Chief Timothy Deems released the following information on this case:

Sgt. J.L. McDaniel, a detective with the Beckley Police Department and a Task Force Officer with the DEA, received a complaint from a local pharmacy about a possible forged prescription. McDaniel followed up on the complaint and uncovered a prescription fraud ring that involved several subjects.  The crime started with a receptionist that worked for a Beckley doctor who stole blank prescriptions from the office.  The receptionist wrote these prescriptions for Oxycodone pills and forged the doctor's name.  These fraudulent prescriptions were given to conspiring subjects to be filled.  From there, the receptionist received a portion of the drugs or proceeds from it's sale.  The remaining pills were then abused or sold by the conspirators.  In total, this crime netted the group more than 2,000 Oxycodone pills.

The investigation came to a close Tuesday, December 10, 2013, when federal arrest warrants were obtained and eight suspects apprehended.  They are:

- Tina Richmond, 41, of Beckley, was charged with obtaining a controlled substance (Oxycodone) by fraud and distribution of  a controlled substance.

- Brianna Wood, 18, of Sophia, was charged with obtaining a controlled substance (Oxycodone) by fraud and distribution of a controlled substance.

- Curtis Sears, 21, of Crab Orchard, was charged with obtaining a controlled substance (Oxycodone) by fraud and distribution of a controlled substance.

- Sherry Lively, 46, of MacArthur, was charged with obtaining a controlled substance (Oxycodone) by fraud and distribution of a controlled substance. 

- Robert Sears, 21, of MacArthur, was charged with obtaining a controlled substance (Oxycodone) by fraud and distribution of a controlled substance.

- Justin Woodie, 22, of Crab Orchard, was charged with obtaining a controlled substance (Oxycodone) by fraud and distribution of a controlled substance.

- Stephen Hatcher, 35, of Beckley, was charged with obtaining a controlled substance (Oxycodone) by fraud and distribution of a controlled substance.

- Jeremy Blakenship, of Crab Orchard, was charged with attempting to obtain a controlled substance (Oxycodone) by fraud.

Officials did not release the name of the person with an outstanding warrant at this time.

Deems aid that controlled substances are still an epidemic in our area.  He said to fight this drug and its effects on our community they need the public's help.  

You can report these crimes to the Beckley Police Department at (304)-256-1844 or the DEA at (304)-347-5209.  All tips can remain anonymous.

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