Davis drug-court grad faces 21 prescription fraud charges

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 11:29 AM

Loretta Park

FARMINGTON — A 36-year-old Clearfield woman who graduated from drug court a year ago is facing 21 charges of prescription fraud.

Shaundra Avalos was arrested by Davis Metro Narcotics Strike Force on Tuesday and booked in Davis County Jail. She has since been released.

Davis Metro Narcotics Strike Force Lt. Mark Chatlin said a complaint was filed March 27 about a suspicious prescription.

During the investigation, officers learned that Avalos had been calling in prescriptions “acting as if she was the doctor’s office” since August 2012, Chatlin said. She had called in prescriptions to Smith’s pharmacies in Bountiful, Sunset and Syracuse.

A pharmacist became suspicious and called the doctor’s office to confirm the prescription, Chatlin said. The pharmacist learned that no one had authorized the prescription.

Avalos is accused of calling in prescriptions for Lortab, Chatlin said. She was using the medication for herself and was not selling it.

According to the court website, Avalos graduated from 2nd District drug court July 31, 2012. She had been charged in 2011 in two separate cases with six counts of obtaining a prescription under false pretenses, third-degree felonies. At the time of her graduation, five of the counts were dismissed and one count was reduced to a class A misdemeanor.

In 2011, Avalos had used her employment at a doctor’s office to call in prescriptions at pharmacies along the Wasatch Front for her own personal use, according to court documents.

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