By Tribune Staff Reports
A three-year investigation by the Indiana State Police recently resulted in the arrest of two women.
Lauren Parrish, 26, of Henryville, was served with an arrest warrant at the Scott County Jail in Scottsburg, where she was being held on separate charges. She is charged with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and possession of a controlled substance. Her bond was set at $25,000.
Ginger Mullins, 38, of Scottsburg, was arrested early last week, booked into the Scott County Jail and posted bond later in the week. She is charged with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and practicing as a nurse while unlicensed.
The investigation began when Trooper Tracy Spencer of the Sellersburg Post met with Dr. Dhamy Sivamohan on Dec. 16, 2011, at her office in Scottsburg. The doctor told Spencer that she had learned of controlled substance prescriptions that had been reportedly written or called into pharmacies in Scott County by someone from her office.
Sivamohan also told police she did not authorize or prescribe the prescriptions, and it involved at least 15 other patients.
After speaking to the doctor and gaining prescription records, Spencer learned the only people authorized to call in or write prescriptions at the doctor’s office were nurse Ginger Mullins and Sivamohan.
Spencer also found out someone would either call in or write prescriptions for unknown patients. A friend was to pick up the prescriptions, Spencer said.
The two people then would meet and split the acquired medications, Spencer said. The patients did not know their information was being used to obtain the illegal prescriptions, and in many cases, the victim’s insurance was being charged, Spencer said.
In October, the case was turned over to the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office. Warrants were issued for Mullins in April and for Parrish in June.
Scottsburg City Police Department assisted with the investigation.