Florida is infamous for being the epicenter of illegal pill mills. At its peak, the number of out-of-staters that flocked to Florida to buy illegal prescription drugs at over 1,000 pain clinics earned the state the nickname “Oxy Express.” Last year, doctors in Florida purchased 89 percent of all the Oxycodone sold in the country, and an average of seven people die each day of prescription drug overdose in the Sunshine State. Florida’s pill mills have quickly given way to an epidemic of mammoth proportions, and although it leads the nation in shifty pill mill activity, it’s still far from the only offender.

The Rutland Herald reported last week about a local woman who was convicted of stealing another woman’s identity in order to fill prescriptions for powerful pain-killing narcotics, as well as to receive health care at hospitals all over the state of Vermont. Ashleigh N. Burns, 27, has subsequently been sentenced to at least 20 months in prison.

According to court records, Burns was also arrested last year for using another woman’s identity to receive three prescriptions for oxycodone. A joint investigation with the Attorney General’s office and the city police revealed that Burns had “used the false identity to receive thousands of dollars worth of medical care during visits to 15 medical providers in Rutland, Burlington, Middlebury, Springfield and Randolph.”

The Fraud Dog says, “As pill mills become more valuable on the street, so are the fraudsters willing to do anything to get their hands on them.”  “Pain Killers are very valuable on the street, and fraud departments need to be on high alert to stop them,” said Linda Webb, star of Fraud Dog TV, a reality show similar in format to America’s Most Wanted, starring John Walsh. From medical fraud to insurance fraud, the Fraud Dog is on a mission to fight fraud of all kinds. If you suspect any type of fraudulent activity, contact Contego Services Group by calling 1-855-WE-SWARM.

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