A woman who allegedly used forged prescriptions to illegally obtain large amounts of opiate pain medication was arrested on Friday morning after quick-thinking employees of a La Cañada Flintridge pharmacy unraveled the apparent scam.
Pharmacist Sonal Patel and pharmacy technician Belle Cruz of Flintridge Pharmacy & Medical Supply said they had become suspicious of multiple prescription drug orders for a single patient last week and after some digging surmised that the orders were coming from a fictitious medical office.
The two pharmacy workers notified the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station, and mid-morning Friday deputies arrested 28-year-old Van Nuys resident Tina Bokazadeh after she arrived to pick up her third bottle of Norco — a derivation of the potentially addictive opiate hydrocodone — that week.
Bokazadeh, who posted bail Monday, is now also being investigated in relation to similar alleged scams throughout the Greater Los Angeles area, possibly including pharmacies in Glendale, said Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Harley. Harley declined to identify specific stores until completion of the investigation.