Women from Scottsburg and Henryville were charged last week in Scott County on a variety of drug charges including obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.
Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin reported that Ginger Mullins, 38, of Scottsburg while working as a nurse in a Scottsburg physician’s office wrote prescriptions and with the alleged help of Lauren Parrish, 26, of Henryville, obtained prescriptions from a number of Scott County pharmacies.
Goodin said the police investigation began Dec. 16, 2011, when ISP Trooper Tracy Spencer met with Dr. Dhamy Sivamohan at her office in Scottsburg.
Dr. Sivamohan told the trooper that she had learned that there were controlled substance prescriptions that had been written or called into pharmacies in Scott County by her nurse, Ginger Mullins. The physician said that she did not authorize or prescribe the prescriptions and it involved at least fifteen patients.
During his investigation, Spencer said he learned that Mullins would either call in or write prescriptions on unknown patients then contact Parrish, to pick up the prescriptions.
Goodin reported that the pair would then meet and split the acquired medications. The patients did not know their information was being used to obtain the illegal prescriptions. In many cases the victim’s insurance was being charged, Goodin said.
The case was turned over to the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office last October. In April of this year a warrant was issued for Mullins and in June a warrant was issued for Parrish.
Parrish was arrested while incarcerated in Scott County jail on separate charges. She was charged with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and possession of a controlled substance.
Mullins was arrested last Tuesday and incarcerated at the Scott County Jail charged with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and practicing as a nurse while unlicensed.