Drug fraud charged

October 16, 1992|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

Howard County police have charged a 39-year-old Columbia woman with 27 counts of prescription-related fraud after an investigation showed she allegedly forged prescriptions and got pain-killers by posing as a health care worker.

Barbara Flowers Maestas, of the 6500 block of Quilting Way in the Village of Owen Brown, was charged with forging prescriptions this year and obtaining controlled dangerous substances by fraud, according to Howard County District Court records.

The maximum penalty for forging a prescription is two years in prison; the maximum penalty for obtaining a controlled dangerous substance by fraud is four years and a $25,000 fine.

Ms. Maestas was released on her own recognizance. Her trial is set for Feb. 18.

Police said Ms. Maestas called a pharmacy in the 8600 block of Guilford Road and pretended to be an authorized health care worker prescribing medicine.

She fraudulently obtained prescriptions for the drugs Vicodin and Oxycodone Hydrochloride with Acetaminophen, the statement of charges said.She also was charged with getting Vicodin as recently as Sept. 18.

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