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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Three Arrested in Prescription Drug Fraud Probe

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Arrested: (l-r)  Sara Bosill-Russell, Stacey Friedman, and Aran Russell. Westport Police photos

Westport police today arrested three persons in a prescription fraud investigation that alleged one of them working in a Westport medical office phoned in phony prescriptions to pharmacies.

Acting on a tip, the investigation was launched in July in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, State Drug Control, and Westport detectives, police said.

Police found that the medical office employee, Sara Bosill-Russell, 35, of Bridgeport, was both telephoning in prescriptions orders to area pharmacies posing as a medical doctor as well as utilizing prescription pads from the medical offices to write prescriptions for narcotics for herself and others.

She was charged with 273 counts of illegally obtaining a controlled substance via fraud.

Also arrested was her husband, Aran Russell, 34 of of Bridgeport, who was charged with 70 counts of conspiracy to illegally obtain a controlled substance via fraud, police said.

Both were released after posting a $20,000 bond and are scheduled for an Oct. 2 court appearance.

Also arrested was Stacey Friedman, 52, of Fairfield, who was charged with six counts of conspiracy to illegally obtaining a controlled substance via fraud and one count of false statement.

She was released on a promise to appear with an Oct. 3 court date, police said.

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