How Do Prescription Fraud Cases Work In Illinois?
The same prescription cannot be used twice, meaning a person cannot have their prescription filled at two separate locations. There are also rules regarding access to Advil Cold and Sinus; in order to purchase this drug, the purchaser must show their driver’s license and sign something that says they won’t melt it down and turn it into an illegal drug. Any drug that gets dispensed goes into a database, which means that if the FBI wants to see which drugs a person has been prescribed, they could obtain a subpoena to access those records—with or without a HIPAA waiver.
Do You Deal With Cases Of Actual Prescription Fraud Where Someone Has Stolen A Doctor’s Pad Or Forged A Prescription?
I’ve handled many cases that involved forged prescriptions, which in Illinois is considered unlawful acquisition of a controlled substance. These charges carry the same penalties as those for intent to deliver or delivery charges. There would also be a charge of forgery as the result of providing a document that is capable of defrauding another. Forgery is a Class 3 felony in Illinois with a sentence of two to five years in prison. In court, the person would have to sign a sworn document whereby they sign under oath that the information is correct, which would be an act of perjury. Perjury is a Class 2 felony that carries three to seven years in the Department of Corrections. Oftentimes, people get away with these charges for quite some time.
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