In a press release issued Friday afternoon, the WSPD announced that on Thursday March 27 they arrested two King residents for writing phony prescriptions and then purchasing 10,230 doses of Hydrocodone.
The Special Investigations Division of the Winston-Salem Police Department conducted a pharmaceutical fraud investigation at 4622 Country Club Road, the office of Dr. Joel Morgan a physician partnered with Novant Health. The investigation revealed that an employee of the practice, 57 year-old Candice Wilmoth, issued fraudulent prescriptions for 10,230 dosage units of Hydrocodone.
The prescriptions were then passed by 57 year-old Richard Freeman at local pharmacies over the last several years.
Wilmoth and Freeman are currently being held under a $5,000,000.00 bond at the Forsyth County Detention Center. Authorities have charged them with multiple drug offenses including 34 counts of trafficking in opiates, 34 counts of identity theft and 34 counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.
The Winston-Salem Police Department requests that anyone with information regarding this crime should contact CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800.