Doctor's wife, Barbara Allen, charged with prescription fraud

FORT PIERCE — A Fort Pierce doctor's request for deputies to arrest a woman who was fraudulently using his name to get pills led to his wife's arrest, according to a St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office report.

Deputies on Friday charged Barbara Allen, 50, of the 200 block of Marina Drive, with two counts of obtaining a controlled substance by forgery and one county of delivery or trafficking opium.

A Fort Pierce area Walgreen's pharmacy called authorities after receiving a prescription for 60 pills each of hydrocodone and alprazolam under the name of Patricia Angelos. When deputies contacted the physician on the prescription, Dr. Richard Allen, he told them neither he nor his office staff called in a prescription for Patricia Angelos and that she was never a patient.

Dr. Allen said since May 2011, he and Walgreen's had detected several fraudulent call-in prescriptions to Angelos and that he wanted the person arrested.

After Allen, while using the alias of Angelos, picked up her prescription for 60 pills each of hydrocodone and alprazolam, deputies stopped her and found a prescription sticker for a Heidi King to 90 pills of alprazolam dated Dec. 19.

During the arrest Allen told deputies, "Dr. Richard Allen is my husband," the report states.

Also, deputies seized the 2010 Toyota Prius Allen was driving, the report states.

Allen was released Friday from the St. Lucie County Jail on $85,000 bail.

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