Woman charged with illegally dispensing over 745,000 prescriptions
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A woman in California has been charged with illegally dispensing more than 745,000 prescriptions between 2006 and 2017.

Kim Thien Le was accused of impersonating a licensed pharmacists at Walgreens pharmacies in Santa Clara and Alameda counties in California. Le used the license numbers of registered pharmacists to “illegally impersonate pharmacists and dispense prescriptions to patients,” according to a Tuesday statement from California Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraTrump administration ends five-year oil and gas drilling moratorium in California  Feds won't pursue charges against Sacramento officers who fatally shot Stephon Clark Overnight Energy: 17 states sue Trump over weakening of Endangered Species Act | Federal land agency chief releases 17-page recusal list | UN climate report warns of warming oceans, sea level rise MORE.


Le surrendered and was taken to the Santa Clara County Jail on Friday, according to the statement. She was charged with three felony counts of false impersonation, identity theft and obtaining money, labor or property by false pretenses.

Of the more than 745,000 prescriptions, more than 100,000 were “highly regulated controlled substances,” including prescription opioids such as fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine and codeine, according to Becerra.

“Californians picking up medications at their local pharmacy should never have to worry about whether pharmacies are employing licensed pharmacists to dispense prescriptions,” Becerra said in the statement.

“The California Department of Justice is committed to protecting patients from anyone who unlawfully practices without a license. Today’s announcement should serve as a stern warning — we are committed to ending this reckless behavior and will vigorously hold wrongdoers accountable,” he continued.

Le was originally discovered by authorities after they found that prescriptions from a pharmacy in Fremont, Calif., lacked watermarks and check boxes to show the number of refills allowed as well as problems with a prescription for cough syrup with codeine in it, the Modesto Bee reported.

Lee told authorities that “me and my son would be very grateful if you could just forget about this” and that she would no longer work as a pharmacist, according to the Modesto Bee.

The case was originally uncovered by the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse, which investigated “those responsible for abuse, neglect, and fraud committed against elderly and dependent adults in care facilities,” according to the attorney general's statement. The organization also works with whistleblowers and law enforcement agencies to investigate fraud.