Prescription pill probe proceeds

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Former MANNM employees under investigation

By Carol A. Clark

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

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

Seven doctors, two physician assistants and one certified nurse practitioner currently comprise Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico, according to its Web site and the employees named in the investigation as well as Dr. Vikram Alladi are no longer listed.

According to the search warrants  involving Fairview Pharmacy in Española 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.

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

While employed at MANNM, Alladi allegedly prescribed almost all of the pills obtained by Cruz. 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 Monday that arrests have not yet been made in this case, which he has been investigating for some time.

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

Court documents reveal that MANNM brought the situation to authorities after receiving a call from a Walgreens Pharmacy in Santa Fe on Sept. 22. The pharmacist wanted to verify some prescriptions made out to Cruz because “the Tylenol dosing was way too high.”

The prescriptions in question were for pain pills including Lortab and Percocet.

The pharmacist also raised questions about a third prescription for Adderall saying, “first it was spelled wrong and also it was written for two refills.”

The pharmacist is quoted in court documents stating, “Every doctor knows you cannot get refills for Adderall.”

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