A 32-year-old woman is facing numerous drug charges after police say she fraudulently obtained more than 1,000 oxycodone pills from a pharmacy in suburban West Palm Beach.
Erica Przystas-Baker, of suburban Boca Raton, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail Wednesday on multiple charges of trafficking in oxycodone, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and possession of a schedule two controlled substance.
The former registered nurse was released from jail Thursday afternoon after posting $50,000 bond, jail records show.
The investigation started around September when Drug Enforcement Administration agents and members of the sheriff’s office’s Multi-Agency Diversion Task Force met with a pharmacist at the Medicap Pharmacy in Palm Springs to investigate potentially fraudulent prescriptions.
Authorities noted eight prescriptions dated between Feb. 15 and June 15 with the name of a doctor from Coral Springs on them, according to a sheriff’s probable cause affidavit.
The prescriptions were for hundreds of oxycodone pills ordered for five people.
The pharmacist said Przystas-Baker came in and dropped off the prescriptions and would pay the insurance co-payments.
Agents met with the Coral Springs doctor, who said that none of the names on the prescriptions were his patients and his employees did not write the prescriptions.
The doctor said Przystas-Baker was one of his patients and he last treated her in January, the affidavit says.
The agent again met with the Palm Springs pharmacy and retrieved 10 more fraudulent prescriptions dated between April 17 and Sept. 6 with another doctor’s name. The doctor’s office was listed as being on Congress Avenue in suburban West Palm Beach. The prescriptions were for four people for hundreds of oxycodone pills.
When contacted by authorities, the doctor said the patients on the prescriptions weren’t his, and he didn’t authorize any of his staff members to write them. He said that Przystas-Baker is the wife of one of his patients.
The doctor told the agent that Przystas-Baker worked as a registered nurse with Palm Beach Home Health, Inc., which once shared office space with his practice, the affidavit said.
The agent went to Palm Beach Home Health, a home health practice on Congress Avenue, and spoke with owner True Rodriguez and her son Jose Rodriguez.
True Rodriguez said Przystas-Baker was her director of nursing for about a year. During that time she changed some of the patients’ pharmacy records over to Medicap Pharmacy, the affidavit says.