Husband, wife arrested for prescription drug fraud

  • Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013 12:43 p.m.
    UPDATED: Thursday, October 3, 2013 2:56 p.m.
Shawn Williams
Shawn Williams

Police have detained an Aiken woman an her husband for prescription drug fraud after they allegedly used her employer’s DEA number to obtain prescription drugs, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

Tammy Rose Williams, 33, of Cumbee Trail Road, and 27-year-old Shawn Alexander Williams, also of Cumbee Trail Road, were each charged with obtaining prescription drugs by fraud. They were placed in the Aiken County detention center, where they remained on Thursday afternoon.

Tammy Williams told police she was contacted by a pharmacy on Richland Avenue about prescription fraud in which the DEA number of her employer was used to obtain drugs, according to the report. Williams said she learned her husband was the suspect obtaining the fraudulent prescriptions.

Between April and July, Shawn Williams reportedly obtained fraudulent prescriptions for Lortab, a Schedule III controlled substance. Tammy Williams said her husband admitted to obtaining the prescriptions when she confronted him.

The pharmacy employee told officers she believed the prescriptions were obtained by Tammy Williams.

According to the report, Tammy Williams admitted calling in fraudulent prescriptions for Lortab for her husband on at least four occasions, and used her employer’s DEA number without permission. She added that her husband “coerced” her into calling the prescriptions in.

Shawn Williams told investigators he is addicted to prescription medication but hasn’t used any in a month. He added that he’s asked his wife to “have her employers prescribe him medication because he needed it.”

“Mr. Williams stated he has never asked his wife to commit fraud in order to obtain medication nor has he ever committed fraud to obtain medication,” the report stated.

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