In a recent report out of Pennsylvania, a homeless woman, Michelle Lee Luzik, was arrested for impersonating a doctor’s office employee in order to obtain prescription drugs. Luzik allegedly scammed area pharmacies over the last month filling prescriptions for Hydromet, a cough syrup containing hydrocodone. Luzik, 42, was charged with prescription fraud, attempted prescription fraud and theft by deception. She is in the Beaver County Jail on $15,000 bond. It was also determined that Luzik was wanted on a warrant from Allegheny Count on an escape charge.

Fraud expert, Linda Webb, aka The Fraud Dog, says that desperate times, lead to desperate measures. In this case impersonating someone else to get drugs is one creative and deceptive way. Let’s face it, fraudsters are unscrupulous and don’t care how they get it. We must put controls in place so that the fraudsters’ tricks will not enable them to obtain financial gain.

To report potentially fraudulent activity, contact Linda Webb aka The Fraud Dog, leading fraud expert at 1-855-FRAUD-DOG.

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