WAYNESBURG – Two women charged with procuring drugs by fraud were ordered held for court on all charges Thursday during a preliminary hearing before District Judge Glenn Bates.
Nancy D. Horr, 47, of Rogersville, who led a campaign against illegal drug use following the death of her son of a heroin overdose, was charged with seven counts of procuring drugs by fraud, deceit, misrepresentation or subterfuge and one count each of criminal attempt to commit acquisition and possession of a controlled substance. All are misdemeanors.
Police allege Horr fraudulently obtained and filled seven prescriptions for Ativan, a controlled substance used to relieve anxiety, between Feb. 4 and Nov. 9, 2011.
The prescriptions were called into the Giant Eagle Pharmacy by a friend of Horr, Rebecca Louise Raber, 47, of Waynesburg, who worked as a medical assistant at Waynesburg Family Medicine, police said.
Raber was charged with seven counts of criminal solicitation to commit acquisition and one count of criminal conspiracy to commit acquisition, all felonies; and seven counts of procuring for herself or another drugs by fraud, deceit, misrepresentation or subterfuge, all misdemeanors.
Police began investigating the matter after a Giant Eagle pharmacist received a voice mail message on Nov. 9, 2011 of a telephone call-in prescription of Ativan for Horr from Waynesburg Family Medicine.
The pharmacist called the doctor’s office and was informed Horr was not a patient at that practice, according to the criminal complaint.
Pharmacy records indicated all eight prescriptions for the drug that had been called in to the pharmacy for Horr came from Raber at Waynesburg Family Medicine, police said.
In an interview with police, Horr said she believed the prescriptions were issued under the authorization of Dr. Rachel Schroer, who worked at Waynesburg Family Medicine.
She told police Raber had made the arrangements and called in the prescriptions to Giant Eagle. She admitted never having been a patient of any doctor at Waynesburg Family Medicine.
Police also obtained prescription records for Horr at Cornerstone Care in Rogersville, where she was a patient. Police said the records made no mention of Ativan being prescribed to her. Horr also had not provided information regarding the prescription to her primary care physician.