DuBois Woman Accused of Fraudulently Obtaining Narcotics from Venango County Hospital

CRANBERRY TWP., Pa. (EYT) – Police say a local woman is facing charges after she fraudulently obtained narcotics from the UPMC Northwest Emergency Department.

Franklin-based State Police say a DuBois woman attempted to obtain narcotics at the UPMC Northwest Emergency Department around 1:07 p.m. on August 30.

According to police, the woman arrived at the hospital with her 4-year-old and 9-year-old daughters, complaining of an abscessed tooth.

Police say she provided false information about her identity to a hospital staff member.

After the woman had an initial exam of her mouth, the staff member recalled that she was at the UPMC Emergency Department on August 24 at 5:08 p.m., at which point she provided a different name and a different date of birth.

On that date, she once again complained of an abscessed tooth for which she obtained prescriptions for 12 Norco 5 MG oral tablets and 30 Keflex 5OO MG oral capsules.

After being notified by hospital staff, police were able to identify the suspect by obtaining her driver’s license.

The suspect claimed that she was unemployed and uninsured. She stated that she traveled to the hospital in the hopes that she would not be recognized.

Charges will be filed against the suspect for obtaining and attempting to obtain prescriptions drugs with false identification or by fraudulent means.
The woman’s name has not yet been released.


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