Fuquay-Varina police charge woman faked pain-reliever prescriptions

From staff reportsJuly 3, 2013 

— Police arrested an Angier woman Tuesday on her way to a Walmart pharmacy where, they charged, she had been phoning in false prescriptions for a pain reliever for a year.

Linda Ann Chicas, 53, of Em’s Lane in Angier, faces 12 counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, one count each of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by false pretenses and attempting to obtain property by false pretenses and resisting a public officer and a charges from 2008 of issuing a worthless check and failing to appear for a court date.

According to arrest warrants, Chicas, whom police said also goes by Linda Ann Alvarez, first called in a prescription for Tramadol on July 16, 2012, telling the store she was doing it for Dr. Kingsley Ugochukwu, who practices in Angier.

Police charged that she did the same thing on 11 more dates through May 30, ordering 120 Tramadol pills each time except for one, when the prescription was for 180 pills.

Tramadol is used as a long-term pain reliever and can be habit forming, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Chicas was being held in lieu of $73,750 bail and was scheduled for a court appearance Wednesday.

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