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October 17, 2012

Hearing set for nurse arrested on prescription fraud charges

ANDERSON, Ind. — An initial hearing has been set for an Anderson nurse arrested on prescription fraud and dealing charges.

Registered nurse Paula D. Bolt, 60, and her daughter, Kelly J. Bolt, 41, were arrested by the Madison County Drug Task Force on Oct. 11 for allegedly dealing the painkiller hydrocodone.

According to the probable cause affidavit, an employee of Kelly Bolt’s insurance provider became suspicious of claims and contacted Madison County authorities.

Police visited Dr. Joseph Copeland’s OB-GYN office at Community Hospital and found Kelly Bolt a legitimate patient of that practice. However, they determined she had fraudulently obtained her prescriptions after comparing her prescription profile with her medical file.

According to the affidavit, Kelly Bolt told police that her mother, Paula Bolt, would call in the prescriptions in her name and that she would obtain them from multiple locations using her insurance.

She told police she did it for her mother, who doesn’t have medical insurance. Multiple pharmacies provided documentation verifying the dispense of medication, including a failed attempt, the affidavit said.

Paula Bolt admitted to calling in fraudulent prescriptions under the guise of Dr. Copeland’s authority and told police she would take the pills over the amount already prescribed to her, adding what she had done was “bad,” the affidavit said.

According to records filed in Madison Circuit 6, the alleged fraud and dealing began on Dec. 20, 2011, and continued through early February.

Both women have been formally charged with six counts of attaining a controlled substance by fraud or deceit and five counts of dealing in a schedule I, II or III controlled substance.

A Community Hospital spokeswoman said Paula Bolt is no longer an employee of the hospital.

Paula Bolt’s initial hearing is scheduled for Oct. 30 in Circuit 6. The hearing for Kelly Bolt has not been set yet.

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