Wexford woman accused of using forged scripts
By J.W. Johnson Jr. Cranberry Bureau Chief
CRANBERRY TWP — A Wexford woman allegedly used forged prescriptions to obtain thousands of pills from Butler County pharmacies.
Corrina Hoggard, 44, of Wexford, is charged with felony false insurance claims, two counts of acquiring or obtaining possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation and misdemeanor charges of forgery, procurement for self/other by forgery and theft by deception and false impression.
According to the criminal complaint filed Nov. 28 by the Office of the Attorney General, Hoggard obtained schedule II and schedule IV controlled substances and noncontrolled prescription medication by passing or filing fraudulent prescriptions at Rite Aid and Walgreens pharmacies in Butler County.
In total, Hoggard is accused of passing 54 prescriptions using her name and her husband’s name. She allegedly used her insurance plan to pay for 19 of those prescriptions, totaling $643.65.
The complaint states that between May 22, 2017, and Jan. 30, she filled 42 prescriptions at the stores in her name, 32 of which were written by one doctor and 10 by another. The insurance covered 18 of the prescriptions totaling $316.49. Of those, the complaint indicates that Hoggard received more than 730 hydrocodone, 430 oxycodone, 360 clonazepam and various amounts of other prescriptions.
The complaint states that between June 29, 2017, and Jan. 1, she allegedly filled 12 prescriptions in her husband’s name at Walgreens, The 12 were allegedly prescribed by three different doctors. and were billed to insurance totaling $327.16. Of those, she was allegedly given 170 hydrocodone and various other drugs.
Investigators spoke with doctors, their employees and other hospital staff at various locations about the prescriptions. Several said the prescriptions were fraudulent and the signatures were forged. Additionally, the prescriptions contained the wrong addresses or were written in the wrong format.
Investigators spoke to Hoggard, who allegedly admitted that she filled numerous prescriptions that were not authorized. She told investigators she did not produce the fake prescriptions and that she had purchased them from a person she knows only by the name Laura, the complaint states.
Hoggard said following a surgery on her abdomen in 2014, she became addicted to the medication. She said in early 2017 while being treated at UPMC Passavant in Cranberry Township, she was approached by Laura, who said she could get her prescriptions if Hoggard paid the co-pay for which she was normally responsible.
The two later met in the parking lot of the hospital, and Hoggard told investigators she paid Laura $50 for the prescriptions, the complaint states. She allegedly said she would meet Laura up to four times per month and pay her $50 each time. She allegedly told investigators, “She knew this was not legal and the prescriptions were fraudulent, but she got them because she had to, due to her addiction,” the complaint states.
Hoggard was arraigned Nov. 28 morning. A Jan. 11 preliminary hearing is schedule before District Judge David Kovach.
On Nov. 28, Attorney General Shapiro announced the charges against Hoggard, as well as three others across the region. He said the four arrests accounted for 17,000 pills through 264 fake prescriptions in Butler, Allegheny and Westmoreland counties.
He also praised those assisting in the investigations, and urged caution to those dealing with prescriptions.
“Because of these professionals’ vigilance, our agents and other police were able to identify and end these fraudulent prescriptions,” Shapiro said. “We’re asking pharmacists and medical professionals across our commonwealth: If you see something wrong, tell us. We’ll act on your information.”