Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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June 27, 2014

Former manager charged for bogus Rxs

GREENSBURG — A Greensburg woman arrested Monday and currently housed at the Decatur County Jail, faces 10 Class B Felony counts related to the illegal sale of prescription drugs in connection with her job as office manager for local Internal Medicine and Primary Care Physician Dr. Mustafa M. Rehab.

Melissa C. Tipton, 47, faces 10 identical charges of dealing in a Schedule III controlled substance for writing forged prescriptions for Suboxone, a drug used in the treatment of opioid addiction. Tipton gained access to the medication because Mustafa also treats drug addiction patients from his Greensburg practice, located at 203 E. North Street, near the courthouse square.

According to a press release from the Greensburg Police Department, the GPD opened an investigation into Tipton’s activities based on an anonymous tip alleging she was writing false prescriptions for Suboxone to former Mustafa patients.

The GPD investigation ultimately found that Tipton wrote 86 illegal prescriptions, encompassing 3,600 Suboxone “dosage units” to at least 10 people, involving 177 transactions between June 2013 and June 2014, the release states. The release further alleges that Tipton charged $200 for each forged prescription, filling them at various pharmacies throughout southeastern Indiana.

Although Rehab hasn’t been charged with any crime in the case, the release states that the Indiana Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) intends to file a formal complaint against him with the Indiana Attorney General’s Office.

DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge of Indiana Dennis Wichern refused to disclose any of the specifics of that complaint to the Daily News. With the investigation still in its initial stages, Wichern said, DEA policy prohibits him from prematurely commenting on the complaint “in fairness to the doctor.”

The agent stressed that the DEA investigation and complaint could ultimately lead to no action whatsoever taken against Rehab. Wichern acknowledged, however, that only licensed doctors are allowed to write prescriptions.

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