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July 12, 2014

Police: Woman sold illegal Rx drugs to local pastor, wife

GREENSBURG — An employee at a local doctor’s office has been arrested on suspicion that she illegally sold prescription drugs to members of a local church, including the pastor and his wife, who also have been arrested.

Melissa C. Tipton, 47, of Greensburg, was booked into the Decatur County Jail at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, together with Keith A. Dover, 62, and Deena L. Dover. 66, also of Greensburg.

Tipton was charged with conspiracy to deal in a controlled substance, a Class B felony; and two counts of making a false description or drug order, a Class D felony. Only about two weeks earlier, Tipton had been released on home detention after an arrest on 10 similar charges.

Tipton remained at the jail Friday on $15,005 cash bond.

Keith and Deena Dover were arrested on three counts each of obtaining a legend drug by fraud. Both have been released on their own recognizance.

According to court documents, an informant told police he knew Tipton was selling prescription medications to members of the Mount Moriah Baptist Church, including Keith Dover, the pastor, and his wife, Deena Dover. The church is in rural Decatur County, northwest of Greensburg.

Authorities allege that between August and March Tipton illegally sold the Dovers more than 150 pills of the antibiotic Cephalexin and 180 pills of the narcotic Hydrocodone. Court documents state that Tipton would call in the prescriptions for the drugs from the Greensburg doctor’s office where she worked, though neither of the Dovers were patients at that office.

Greensburg Police interviewed the Dovers in early July, according to the court documents, and both admitted to ordering prescription drugs from Tipton, knowing that she was not a doctor. Deena Dover told police that she had illegally received prescription medication from Tipton for four or five years.

Tipton previously had been arrested on June 23 on 10 felony counts related to illegally selling prescription drugs. The Indiana Drug Enforcement Agency said in a press release at the time that it intended to file with the Indiana Attorney General’s office a formal complaint against Dr. Mustafa M. Rehab, for whom Tipton works.

Detective Bill Meyerrose, of the Greensburg Police Department, said the investigation is ongoing.

“There is a possibility that there are more arrests to come,” Meyerrose said.

Contact: Boris Ladwig 812-663-3111 x7401; boris.ladwig@greensburgdailynews.com.

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