Sudbury (December 12, 2019) – Sudbury police charged local pharmacy employee, Lise Blanchette for allegedly forging fentanyl prescriptions. The investigation of the Financial Crimes Unit discovered that the street value of Fentanyl patches, Blanchette fraudulently obtained over a two-year period, amounted to over $1.5 million. The police arrested the 49-year-old on December 3. Hence, she is facing charges for fraud, forgery, identity theft, and possession for the purpose of trafficking.
The Sudbury police charged Lise Blanchette, an employee of a local pharmacy for allegedly forging fentanyl prescriptions, according to a press release from December 11. The investigation of the Financial Crimes Unit started in May 2018, initiated by the concerns of a co-worker.
Forging fentanyl prescriptions worth over $1.5 million
The investigation revealed that the 49-year-old had been fabricating and forging over 225 non-existent prescriptions between May 2016 and May 2018. According to the police, Blanchette used the personal information of local doctors and various patients for the bogus prescriptions.
Hereby, Blanchette fraudulently obtained 3,410 fentanyl patches of various strengths. Additionally, 31 manipulated transactions were not successful, keeping Blanchette from gathering 475 more entities. Nevertheless, she was able to obtain fentanyl patches with a total street value of over $1.5 million.
Charges entail multiple counts of identity theft, forgery, and fraud
On December 3, Sudbury police arrested Blanchet. She is now facing charges of Fraud Over $5,000, Make Forged Documents, Utter Forged Documents, 10 counts of Personation with Intent to Obtain Property – Identity Theft, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking a Schedule I Substance – Fentanyl. She is scheduled to appear in court on January 8, 2020.
Marina Burghard writes for Canadian Fraud News about fraud-related cases, whistleblower, jurisdiction, identity theft, consumer protection, etc. – essentially about scams and how to protect yourself against this kind of fraudulent criminal behavior. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science where her interest in criminology grew. Besides fraud, Marina’s scientific interest lies in terrorism, extremism and how to deal with it as a society.