Breaking News: Former employees of Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico under investigation

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By Carol A. Clark

Search warrant results were filed in District Court Thursday and today as part of a Los Alamos Police investigation into possible prescription fraud by former employees of Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico.

According to the search warrants involving Fairview Pharmacy in Espanola and Los Alamos Medical Center Pharmacy, a doctor and several medical assistants at Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico are suspected of involvement in the issuing of fraudulent prescriptions for schedule two narcotics.

Detectives list as evidence five prescriptions made out to MANNM medical assistant Jackie Chacon, 32, in addition to a transaction signature log allegedly signed by Chacon for 14 transactions.

Three prescriptions are made out to MANNM medical assistant Nadine Cruz, 27, along with six transactions allegedly under her signature.

According to court documents, between Sept. 25, 2008 and Aug. 26, 2009, Cruz received 1,280 Oxycodone pills and 900 Hydrocodone pills.

Almost all of the pills obtained by Cruz were allegedly prescribed by Dr. Vikram Alladi of MANNM.

Alladi also is listed in court documents as the prescribing doctor for 736 Hydrocodone pills to Chacon and 780 Oxycodone to MANNM medical assistant Holli Coen, 36.

Kevin Gee, 52, allegedly associated with Cruz and Coen but with no apparent record of having been seen at MANNM is listed as having received a prescription from Alladi for 120 Hydrocodone pills for 20 days.

LAPD Det. Jeremy Duran said during an interview late today that arrests have not been made in this case.

“This is an active investigation so I can’t go into anymore detail at this time,” Duran said.

Alladi is an internist and a board certified geriatrician who received his medical degree from Stanley Medical College in India, according to Web data.

Seven doctors, two physician assistants and one certified nurse practitioner currently comprise Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico, according to its Web site.

"The employees named in the investigation and Dr. Alladi are no longer employed by Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico," Dr. Carolyn Linnebur.

Read the full story in Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.