Police: Norwalker obtained 9000 oxycodone pills through fraud – Thehour.com

Published 8:04 am, Monday, June 13, 2016

NORWALK — A Drug Enforcement Agency investigation led to the arrest of a Norwalk woman who allegedly obtained more than 9,000 oxycodone pills under false pretenses in a seven-month period.

Valerie Iacono, 45, of 3 Calf Pasture Beach Road, was arrested Thursday morning on 13 counts each of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and illegal obtaining of drugs by fraud, deceit or misrepresentation. She was released on promise to appear in court and given a court date of May 16.

According to court documents, Iacono drew a red flag from authorities after she obtained 9,260 oxycodone pills at nine different pharmacies from March 2013 to December 2013. She had 41 prescriptions filled in Connecticut at pharmacies in Norwalk, Bridgeport, Milford and New Haven and five of her prescriptions were filled in New York, court documents show.

DEA agents interviewed both of the doctors who prescribed the medication, and the doctors had no knowledge of one another, police said. Her Fairfield-based doctor said Iacono had signed a pain management agreement in 2008, agreeing to have her prescription filled at a New Canaan pharmacy and not to obtain controlled substances from other doctors, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Iacono’s New York-based doctor had Iacono sign a similar agreement, police said. In that agreement, which was signed in March 2013, Iacono had agreed to have her prescriptions filled at a New Rochelle pharmacy and not to obtain controlled substances from another doctor, police said. The New York doctor had the ability to monitor his patients’ prescriptions filled in New York but could not monitor if their prescriptions were filled in Connecticut, police said.

The New York doctor said he was going to discharge Iacono and told DEA agents: “She lied to me. I am very upset,” court documents show.

Investigators interviewed employees at all of the pharmacies where Iacono filled her prescriptions. A pharmacist in New Haven said he stopped serving Iacono, because she always paid in cash even though she had Medicaid, police said.

A warrant for Iacono’s arrest was signed on March 18, and she was taken into custody with the assistance of the Special Services Unit of the Norwalk Police Department on Thursday.

The warrant does not contain allegations that Iacono sold the pills nor does it contain allegations that she forged the prescriptions.

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