Former medical assistant convicted of illegally calling in prescriptions sentenced to probation
WAYNESBURG – A medical assistant found guilty in June by a Greene County jury of calling in prescriptions to a pharmacy without a doctor’s consent was sentenced Tuesday to two years of probation.
Rebecca Louise Raber, 48, of 336 Iron Rock Road, Waynesburg, was ordered by Judge William Nalitz to pay a $1,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service in addition to probation.
Raber was found guilty June 21 of six of seven counts each of criminal solicitation to commit acquisition and violation of the pharmacy act. She was acquitted by the jury of one count each of the same charges and by the court of one count of criminal conspiracy.
Raber, working as a medical assistant at Waynesburg Family Medical, was accused of calling in seven prescriptions for Ativan, a controlled substance used to relieve anxiety, for Nancy Horr of Rogersville, between Feb. 4 and Nov. 9, 2011.
Horr, who also was charged, told police she believed Raber, who worked in a doctor’s office, had received the consent of a doctor to prescribe the drugs.
She was entered into the accelerated rehabilitative disposition program in March.
Police began investigating the matter after a Giant Eagle pharmacist received a voice mail message 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 seven prescriptions for the drug that had been called in to the pharmacy for Horr came from “Becky” at Waynesburg Family Medicine, police said. The manager at the doctor’s office identified the caller as Raber.
Raber was terminated from the office Nov. 10, 2011, police said.
In other court cases, Keith G. Rummel, 41, of Carmichaels, formerly of Casper, Wyo. was sentenced Aug. 28 to 15 months to 60 months in jail and fined $15,000 for driving under the influence of alcohol, third and subsequent offenses. He pleaded guilty to the charges June 28.
Rummel was arrested Sept. 22 in Cumberland Township, and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.326 percent. In addition to the fine and jail sentence, Rummel was ordered to perform 150 hours of community service and deemed eligible for work release after he spent 60 days in jail.
Anthony Todd Wise, 21, of Greensboro pleaded guilty Aug. 21 to public drunkenness and was fined $150.
Charges of driving after consuming alcohol or a controlled substance and driving with a suspended license were withdrawn.
Wise was arrested in Crucible Dec. 24 while he filled a vehicle parked along the side of the road with gasoline from a gas can.
Police gave Wise a field sobriety tests. Blood tests later indicated he had Alprazolan in his system.
Wise told police his mother had been driving the vehicle when it ran out of gas.