LaPorte County pharmacist charged with prescription fraud

A longtime pharmacist is accused of calling in false prescriptions for himself and leaving the pharmacy with the medicine without paying.

Kenneth Carter, 59, was arraigned Wednesday in LaPorte Circuit Court on obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or deceit, a felony, and misdemeanor theft.

He’s accused of using a call in pad Nov. 4 to call in prescriptions for Xanax and Viagra at CVS on U.S. 20 near Hudson Lake.

Call in pads are used at doctor’s offices to call in prescriptions, but patients are also given a hard copy of the prescription to take with them to the pharmacy, authorities said.

Court documents show Carter did not have a hard copy of his prescription, though, and was seen on surveillance video from CVS placing the pills he ordered into the pocket of his white coat before finishing his shift at the pharmacy.

Authorities said Carter, on at least one other occasion last month, took pills at CVS with other prescriptions that he called in under the names of area doctors.

The 30-year pharmacist from New Carlisle was suspended from his job once the allegations came to light, police said.

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