Couple charged with forging prescriptions
A Medford doctor's office manager and her husband were indicted Tuesday on felony counts for allegedly forging prescriptions for thousands of pain pills over the past three years.
Jodi Setzer, 41, of Central Point, managed the dentist office of Dr. Sandra Carmeci.
Setzer and her husband, Jason Setzer, 42, have been charged with five counts of aggravated identity theft and one count of second-degree theft for their part in the alleged prescription medication scam.
Medford financial crimes detectives believe the Setzers forged Carmeci's signature to fill hydrocodone prescriptions beginning in 2010.
According to the search warrant affidavit obtained by the Mail Tribune, Carmeci became suspicious of Jodi Setzer in July 2012. The doctor confronted Setzer and accused her of stealing from the business.
Setzer quit that day, prompting Carmeci to look further into her time with the office.
Detectives said the doctor's office was in the middle of investigating a possible embezzlement tied to Setzer last week when records for the bogus prescriptions were discovered.
Carmeci soon learned of paperwork showing that Jason Setzer had received prescription pain pill refills through the office.
The paperwork showed Jason Setzer had received two or three refills in a short period of time.
Carmeci told detectives that she had never prescribed pain pills to Setzer because he was never a patient in her office.
As the detectives dug into the case, they found that more than 10 local pharmacies had filled several pain medication prescriptions for the Setzers.
These pharmacies told police that they had been told to fill these prescriptions by Dr. Carmeci's office.
The detectives counted close to 150 fraudulent prescriptions totally 7,900 hydrocodone tables had been dispensed to the Setzers between September 2009 and December 2011.
The search warrant shows the Setzers would visit the pharmacies several times per week to obtain the refills.
Medford police declined to comment on whether the Setzers were selling the pills on the black market or had developed an addiction to the medication.
The couple is scheduled for a pretrial hearing on Aug. 23.
Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471 or email email@example.com.