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Man charged with prescription, insurance fraud

Posted April 30, 2009

— State Department of Insurance investigators have charged a Raleigh man with forging prescriptions.

William Anthony Cominos Jr., 46, of 1105 Pinewood Drive, is charged with four counts of obtaining controlled substances by fraud or forgery and one count of insurance fraud. He was released Tuesday on a $15,000 bond.

Four fake prescriptions were given to Wake County pharmacies between October 2007 and October 2008, authorities said. Investigators allege that Cominos took a legitimate prescription for oxycodone, altered it to get additional medication and then authorized that the claims be submitted to Guardian Life Insurance Co.

Cominos was arrested last year in Alexander County on similar charges, authorities said.


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  • mrsanderton2205 Apr 30, 2009

    this stuff happens everyday...not all the time are the patients addicted to the stuff it brings in a nice profit selling the drugs; I used to work at a pharmacy and it is nothing new.

  • nonemeant Apr 30, 2009

    My unsolicited guess is that the man is hooked on this pain killer. I am sure (just like most of us) he likely has some personal, financial, emotional, spiritual, or physical problems.

  • Sunne Apr 30, 2009

    Physicians do monitor medications given to patients. The drug is addictive; however, physicians are aware of this and they monitor the patient regularly. We are not sure whether he was getting the extra medication for himself or to distribute it to others. If he felt the medication was not working, this is something he should have discussed with this doctor. Also, insurance companies monitor the prescriptions filled for a patient and if they discover the patient is exhibiting drug seeking behaviors, they will definitely inform the physician that the patient is getting medication from some other souce. There is no excuse for forging prescriptions if you want them for yourself.

  • Groovy Apr 30, 2009

    Shouldn't have turned it in on your insurance buddy.

  • Fredrick Bimmell Apr 30, 2009

    I am all for the saying "Do the crime Do the time" and have always had an extremely firm stance against criminals and our "judical" system. However, I see this as a case of a man in need of help much more than punishment. Time and time again we see normal everyday people become addicted to prescription painkillers because doctors will continue to prescribe and/or refill prescriptions without looking at history or trends. Isn't it time for doctors to be held somewhat accountable for some of these types of situations?

  • gopher Apr 30, 2009

    So this time give him an active prison sentence.