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Pharmacy Employees Don't Fall For Scam

Posted 5/21/2012 10:02 AM by MDGREGORY

On Sunday evening, May 20th, at about 6:00 p.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies Powers and Zlateff responded to a pharmacy in Spokane Valley near the 13400 block of East Sprague Road, reference a forgery call. Deputy Powers and Zlateff were advised two females, later identified as 24-year-old Crystal Russell and 22-year-old Justine Diaz, were attempting to pass a forged prescription for Oxycodone.

When Deputy Powers arrived on scene, he observed Russell at the front of the business. Russell noticed Deputy Powers and was visibly nervous. At that time, Diaz walked up to Russell and both attempted to walk away from the store.

Deputy Powers detained both female suspects and contacted the pharmacy employees. The pharmacist told Deputy Powers Diaz had a prescription for Oxycodone that was prescribed to Sara Smart. Diaz told the pharmacist she was picking up the prescription for her friend because she had been involved in a collision. She also said she would be paying cash since her "friend" did not have health insurance.

The pharmacist saw that the prescription pad had been reported through the Spokane Pharmacy Association as stolen and that a female matching Diaz' description had attempted to use these stolen prescriptions the night prior at several Albertson's pharmacies. Diaz refused to speak to deputies and Russell said she had no idea the prescriptions were stolen and forged.

• Russell was booked into Spokane County Jail for one felony count of Controlled Substance Conspiracy.
• Diaz was booked into jail for one felony count of Prescription Fraud and one felony count of Possession of Stolen Property 2nd Degree.

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