In a continuing effort to combat prescription medication fraud across the state, Louisiana State Police Narcotic Detectives brought three separate investigations to conclusion last week.
One of them was in Washington Parish.
That investigation ended with the arrest of a Bogalusa couple charged with multiple counts of prescription fraud and “doctor shopping.”
The investigation was initiated in October of 2012 when the LSP received a complaint from the LSU Bogalusa Medical Center that two individuals were suspected of obtaining controlled dangerous substances through fraud.
Troopers discovered that Michael Pounds, 42, and Danica Pounds, 39, had visited numerous physicians in the Bogalusa area and received duplicate prescriptions for controlled dangerous substances, according to the LSP.
The couple was placed under arrest and booked into the Washington Parish Jail without incident. Michael Pounds was booked with five counts of attempting to obtain a prescription or a CDS by fraud and 15 counts of “doctor shopping.” Danica Pounds was booked with 50 counts of “doctor shopping.”
The other investigations took place in St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes.
Following an investigation into a complaint received from a Covington dental office, LSP investigators placed Mary A. Newman, 59, of Roseland under arrest on charges of forgery.
That investigation began in October of 2012 when the dental office reported numerous forged prescriptions filled across the Tangipahoa Parish area. Troopers found that Newman, an employee of the dental office, entered the premises after hours to intentionally alter patient names in the computer system and print out fraudulent prescriptions, according to the LSP.
Newman was reportedly found to have committed the forgery on 26 separate patient prescriptions.
Upon obtaining a warrant for her arrest, Troopers booked Newman into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on 26 counts of forgery.
In a separate investigation beginning in May of 2012, Narcotic Detectives discovered that Tangipahoa resident Amber Puma, 30, had obtained numerous dosages of controlled dangerous substances through fraudulent means.
The investigation revealed that Puma had fraudulently obtained prescriptions for Hydrocodone on seven separate occasions, according to the LSP.
Puma was booked without incident into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.