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Two year drug investigation nets 10 arrests in Sullivan, Washington counties

STAFF REPORT • Updated Jun 1, 2016 at 5:54 PM

JOHNSON CITY — A two year drug investigation in Sullivan and Washington counties netted 10 arrests, according to a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation press release.

The joint investigation included special agents with the TBI, agents with the 2nd Judicial District Drug Task Force, the Kingsport Vice Unit, the Office of the Inspector General, and the offices of 1st Judicial District Attorney General Tony Clark and 2nd Judicial District Attorney General Barry Staubus.

The investigation began on Feb. 19, 2014, after a pharmacy technician in a Kingsport drug store discovered multiple prescriptions that appeared to be fraudulent and contacted Drug Task Force agents.

In March 2014, TBI special agents were brought in when it appeared that some of the drugs were being passed in multiple jurisdictions.

During the course of the investigation, agents determined that multiple employees working at a pain rehab clinic in Johnson City were calling in and writing fraudulent prescriptions using the clinic doctor’s information.

The investigation determined that the doctor was unaware employees were filling the fraudulent prescriptions.

Agents further learned that the employees recruited other individuals in the Tri-Cities area to fill fraudulent prescriptions using the recruits’ personal information. The investigation revealed that from August 20, 2012 through June 22, 2014, more than 400 fraudulent prescriptions were passed, and more than 40,000 controlled tablets were obtained by fraud by these individuals.

In recent weeks, grand juries in Sullivan and Washington counties returned indictments against several individuals as a result of the investigation. Those who have been arrested include:

• Jessica Wallen, 36 — 48 counts of unlawfully, feloniously, knowingly and intentionally acquire or obtain possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge; 19 counts fraudulently obtaining TennCare medical assistance benefits. Booked in Sullivan County Jail on $15,000 bond.

• Timothy Wallen, 42 — 44 counts of unlawfully, feloniously, knowingly and intentionally acquire or obtain possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge. Booked in Sullivan County Jail on $15,000 bond.

• Benjamin Barbour, 31 — 13 counts of unlawfully, feloniously, knowingly and intentionally acquire or obtain possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge. Booked in Sullivan County Jail on $7,500 bond.

• Clyde McDavid, 29 — 8 counts of unlawfully, feloniously, knowingly and intentionally acquire or obtain possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge. Booked in Sullivan County Jail on $7,500 bond.

• Coy Wolfe, 29 — 6 counts of unlawfully, feloniously, knowingly and intentionally acquire or obtain possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge. Booked in Sullivan County Jail on $7,500 bond.

• Melissa McDavid, 31 — 2 counts of unlawfully, feloniously, knowingly and intentionally acquire or obtain possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge; 1 count fraudulently obtaining TennCare Medical Assistance Benefits. Booked in Sullivan County Jail on $12,500 bond.

• Matthew Ramey, 36 — 1 count of unlawfully, feloniously, knowingly and intentionally acquire or obtain possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge in Sullivan County; 1 count of unlawfully, feloniously, knowingly and intentionally acquire or obtain possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge in Washington County. Booked in Sullivan County Jail on $5,000 bond.

• Salina Allen, 42 — 4 counts of unlawfully, feloniously, knowingly and intentionally acquire or obtain possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge. Booked in Sullivan County Jail on $7,500 bond.

• Michael Hubbard, 43 — 3 counts of unlawfully, feloniously, knowingly and intentionally acquire or obtain possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge. Booked in Washington County Jail on $15,000 bond.

• Elizabeth Campbell, 39 — 1 count TennCare Fraud. Booked in Washington County Jail on $7,500 bond.                       

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