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Authorities: Moore woman doctor-shopped for prescription meds

Posted September 11, 2013

— Moore County deputies said Wednesday that they have charged a Southern Pines woman with fraudulently obtaining prescription drugs by visiting 11 area physicians.

Crystal Gail Ingram, 35, of 650 S. Stephen St., was charged last Thursday with two counts of obtaining controlled substance by withholding information from a health care provider, trafficking in opium, felony possession of Schedule II and Schedule III controlled substances and possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance.

Investigators determined that, between May 2012 and May 2013, Ingram went to various physicians to obtain 1,286 doses of alprazolam and 2,330 doses of oxycodone and hydrocodone. The physicians were not aware she had been seen by other doctors, according to investigators.

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  • razor2 Sep 11, 6:29 p.m.

    I would have eliminated Medicaid and then had one insurance program. The so-called POOR would get the insurance for a nominal premium. Then they HAVE to put reimbursement rates at the SAME levels as private insurance. whatelseisnew.

    I love how some folks jump on the bandwagon constantly complaining
    about the less fortunate aka so called poor and complaining about
    the type of health care they are receiving maybe if the so called
    poor was receiving a living wage things would be different. Lots of people who work hard everyday will never climb out of the so
    called poor bracket due to the ever growing gap of monetary
    equality between the wealthy and the needy. It really grinds my
    gears to hear or see by actions of the wealthy that try to use every excuse they can to blame the less fortunate for their dissatisfaction with their current situation compounded by the lies of their political party and ideology. Its all about more the culture of needing more and owning the best.

  • sasha51497 Sep 11, 5:29 p.m.

    abta - the original article stated that the physicians were aware that she had been seen by other doctors. The article was corrected.

  • miseem Sep 11, 5:05 p.m.

    I would have eliminated Medicaid and then had one insurance program. The so-called POOR would get the insurance for a nominal premium. Then they HAVE to put reimbursement rates at the SAME levels as private insurance.
    whatelseisnew.

    So, what you are calling for is a single payer for Medicaid. But, that's what it is now, paid by the US and state governments. Only change is that you want a private company to handle everything. I'm sure that would keep costs down. Part of the problem with private insurance is that their overhead is way higher than Medicaid or Medicare. The other problem is that they want to keep prices down a little, but not too much, since they take a % of total expenses for themselves in determining rates. The higher the expenses, the more they make.
    That MRI costs $1,000? Bump it up to $1,100. Doesn't cost any more to process the claim, but the insurance company makes a higher profit.

  • Raleigh Rocks 1 Sep 11, 4:48 p.m.

    Hey I needed some pain killers for a migrane and doc WOULD NOT give them too me. I am made to feel like a criminal if I ask for some.

  • sctech Sep 11, 4:42 p.m.

    Any Dr. in NC has access to a patient prescription profile. They can clearly see who else is supplying the patient. Put the blame on the Dr. not the addict.

  • carssclan Sep 11, 4:38 p.m.

    abta, are you seriously telling me the doctor wouldn't/shouldn't ask questions? I'm sure most of these type of people are clearly junkies. I've got one in my neighborhood, you can spot her a mile away, nice suburban housewife perpetually zoned out. It doesn't take a genius. This is a real problem, let's get a handle on it and it starts with doctors.

  • abta Sep 11, 4:18 p.m.

    OK!I do not generally comment on these threads but some of your comments annoyed me because it clearly states in the article on the very last line, "The physicians were not aware she had been seen by other doctors, according to investigators."
    so tell me how its the Dr's fault? Or did I miss something earlier? Just asking? Not trying to offend anyone but um did we fully read the short article. Now if WRAL just updated this and I missed something in an earlier article I thoroughly apologize for my comment.

  • 678devilish Sep 11, 4:06 p.m.

    she needs to go to jail for selling drugs!!

    Along with the doctors for giving the prescriptions to her.

  • 678devilish Sep 11, 4:01 p.m.

    So they only prescribe a small amount, enough for a few days.

    slaterric

    They really and legally should not be doing that. They should absolutely check the person out and see what the problem is before issusing any prescriptions. That would be the right way to go. Apparently they have forgotten the trouble the late Michal Jackson doctor got in for doing that. Now he is serving some time in prison for his wrong doing. Not worth it doctors.

  • 678devilish Sep 11, 3:59 p.m.

    visiting 11 area physicians

    Physicians should be charged for not see that she was a criminal. How can they write a prescription without knowing this person except her words. How much did she pay these doctors.

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