Autumn Smith, top from left, Michael Corrozzo, Holly Brown, bottom from left, Jimmy Phoumavong, Bruce Herman and Dustin Brown.
Six suspects were indicted on prescription fraud charges after they were accused of obtaining the Schedule II painkiller Percocet 57 times for six individuals, a sheriff’s narcotics detective said Tuesday.
Former dental office manager Autumn N. Smith, 36, of 5747 Honey Bee and co-defendant Michael J. Corrozzo, 28, of 140 Wagon Trail, were each charged with 21 counts of prescription fraud, said Detective Jerremy Weaver.
Smith allegedly forged all the prescriptions and delivered them to Corrozzo, who allegedly would either pass them himself at a pharmacy or deliver to the others indicted.
Others charged were:
• Holly N. Brown, 25, of 136 Wagon Trail, six counts of prescription fraud.
• Jimmy Phoumavong, 27, of 5266 Midland Road, Christiana, five counts of prescription fraud.
• Dustin K. Brown, 29, of 5700 Epps Mill Road, Christiana, three counts of prescription fraud.
• Bruce W. Herman, 28, of 136 Wagon Trail, one count of prescription fraud.
Weaver’s investigation began in October when an alert pharmacist called after he received a prescription he believed was suspect. Weaver checked with other pharmacies and found the same prescription was passed.
“The prescribing physician confirmed the prescriptions were not authorized by him,” Weaver said.
Weaver visited other pharmacies and gathered duplications of the same prescription drug.
“After doing some digging, I found 21 individual prescriptions that had been passed at eight separate pharmacies,” Weaver said.
From the names on the prescriptions, Weaver determined Corrozzo was one of the main players and interviewed him. From the interview, he learned about Brown.
“She just happened to be the office manager of this physician,” Weaver said. “She was provided the alleged prescription to Mike Corrozzo.”
His investigation showed Corrozzo allegedly gave his name and his friends’ names to Brown who allegedly filled out the prescription. He allegedly passed out the prescriptions to his friends.
Weaver presented his findings to the grand jury who returned indictments against the suspects.
They received copies of their indictments Tuesday from Circuit Court Judge Don Ash. Court hearings are pending in each case. They remain free on bond.