LaGrange Police have discovered a prescription fraud ring and arrested a Jonesboro teen after a local pharmacist caught the female passing a forged prescription.
Sunday afternoon about 4:35 p.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department responded to the Walgreens pharmacy on Vernon Street in reference to reports of a forged prescription.
Officers arrived and spoke to the pharmacist, who advised a young female had attempted to pass two forged prescriptions and the doctor’s office wanted to prosecute the incident.
The pharmacist stated that the female, later identified as Ayeesha Nadiyah Rashadeen, came inside Walgreens and dropped off two prescriptions to be filled and left. The prescriptions were written to a separate female for Phenergan-Codeine, a Schedule II Drug, and Azithromycin, a prescription antibiotic, but Rashadeen claimed they were for her sister.
The pharmacist suspected the prescriptions were forged and she personally knew the physician who supposedly wrote them, so she called the Thomaston doctor. The pharmacist then confirmed the prescriptions were fraudulent.
The pharmacy provided a description for the female that allegedly passed the fake prescription and officers advised them to contact police if she returned.
About an hour later, police were advised that Rashadeen had returned was inside the store attempting to pick up the prescriptions. She then attempted to leave the store just as police arrived and was stopped at the front door.
When asked about the prescriptions, Rashadeen admitted that she knew the prescriptions were fake and she claimed she had been brought to LaGrange by three black males who instructed her to pass them. She advised that the three males were parked outside in a black vehicle and they are in possession of other similar forged prescriptions.
Police checked the parking lot and were unable to locate the subjects, but store security video later showed a black vehicle did drop off Rashadeen. Officers had Rashadeen contact one of the males by phone, but she discovered that had left her and refused to return.
Rashadeen told police that she and the other subjects also went to the CVS on Morgan Street, the Walmart on New Franklin Road, and the Walmart on LaFayette Parkway to get prescriptions filled.
As a result, Rashadeen, age 19, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where she was booked into the jail charged with First Degree Forgery.
As of press time, Rashadeen is being held at the Troup County Jail where she was denied bond.