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September 18, 2013

Elwood couple arrested, accused of prescription fraud

ELWOOD — Police arrested a couple suspected of forging the signature of a doctor to obtain prescription drugs and selling the drugs on the street.

Robert Clarkson Jr. and Leslie Clarkson were arrested early Wednesday morning and, as of Wednesday evening, were still housed in the Madison County Jail on $20,000 bond, according to jail records. They face charges of conspiracy to commit dealing Schedule II controlled substances, a Class B felony; forgery, a Class C felony; obtaining a prescription by fraud, a Class D felony and conspiracy to commit theft, a Class D felony.

According to a press release from Elwood Police Chief Sam Hanna, investigators were contacted by a local doctor after his company discovered Robert Clarkson had been written several prescriptions under the doctor's name that the doctor hadn't actually written.

This had been going on the past few days, and through the investigation, it was found the Clarksons had allegedly changed a dispensed quantity of oxycodone and hydrocodone, two painkilling opiates, on a prescription for Robert Clarkson.

Furthermore, the couple allegedly planned to steal a prescription and forge the name and other information about the doctor to obtain a large amount of the painkillers from Low Cost Pharmacy in Elwood.

According to Hanna, the couple had already sold more than 100 pills and had plans to sell more before they were caught. Hanna said none of the buyers have been identified yet, but that aspect of the case is still being investigated.

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