The U.S. Attorney’s Office of Eastern District of Missouri recently indicted a Kansas woman on three felony charges of obtaining anti-malaria and narcotic opioid prescription drugs with forged prescriptions.
According to the indictment, Tamara Jo Nyachira used several forged prescriptions while working as a pharmacist to obtain amoxicillin clavulanate potassium, hydroxychloroquine sulfate, and codeine/butalbital/acetaminophen/caffeine.
“Nyachira is charged with forging prescriptions and fraudulently obtaining opioids and other drugs, thereby limiting availability of medications to patients legitimately reliant on these drugs,” Curt L. Muller, special agent in charge for the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said. “We are dedicated to working with local, state, and federal officials to hold accountable individuals who engage in such illegal activities.”
If Nyachira is convicted on anti-infection prescription drug charges, the maximum penalty is three years in prison and a $250,000 fine. If she is convicted on the controlled substance charge, the maximum penalty is four years in prison.
Among the law enforcement agencies investigating the case was the Eastern District of Missouri COVID-19 Task Force. The multi-agency working group is combatting COVID-19 frauds and scams.
The task force operates under the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the U.S. Secret Service.