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Clayton woman charged in 'doctor shopping' case

Posted June 29, 2009

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— During the past several weeks, Clayton police have been working a “doctor shopping” case after an insurance provider alerted the department of suspicious activity.

Patricia Ann Evans, 56, of 2036 Willowhill Lane was arrested on Thursday after she voluntarily surrendered to authorities.

Evans was charged with 46 felony counts of obtaining controlled substances by fraud. In each of the 46 cases, the suspect had received a prescription which was then filled at various pharmacies in Clayton during overlapping 30-day periods over the past three years.

Evans was being held in Johnston County Detention Center under a $461,000 bond.


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  • jennmc Jul 1, 2009

    I imagine the bail was set to get her to detox. If she was using them for her own use, I hope her punishment is treatment. I bet her family is very relieved right now.

  • nerdlywehunt Jun 30, 2009

    Yep, my man Rush had 100 doctors and he got off without bail and even had taxpayers pay for his treatment. Conservative values at their best.

  • in2horses Jun 30, 2009

    It took 3.... three years to "catch" her???? geezz

  • R_U_breakdance fighting Jun 30, 2009

    I read this story and all i could think about was the guy who at first received a $25k bond for taking indecent liberties with a child, then raised $200k after they found pictures. AND THIS LADY GETS ALMOST A HALF MILLION DOLLAR BOND?! A sad day for protection of our children.

  • beachgal Jun 30, 2009

    Where's the proof that she's a drug dealer?

  • beachgal Jun 30, 2009

    She didn't steal them; they were prescriptions. How is this illegal??

  • wral mods blow close my account Jun 30, 2009

    Give Rush Limbaugh a call. He knows a lawyer who can get you off the hook.

  • commonsensical Jun 30, 2009

    Oh, and law enforcement should ignore these 'victimless' crimes, and focus on the violent crime that is escalating.

  • commonsensical Jun 30, 2009

    What people don't realize is that the 'addiction' is not because it makes the person 'high', it just takes more and more of the medication for the person to become pain free again. I fail to see the problem with this 'addiction'. We have good drugs for a reason, and I have no idea why doctors are reluctant to prescribe them. If someone needs them, then they should get them, addicted or not. This woman should sue her doctors for not prescribing the amount of medication that she needed, forcing her to work around the system to get relief.

  • mxteam44 Jun 30, 2009

    Happens every day! My wife works in the medical field, and she has to be constantly on the look-out for this very thing. Some of the pain meds nowdays are highly addictive. Having cronic back pain myself, I live with the pain until it's almost unbearable before I take any meds for it. Scary stuff!