Feds indict 3 in regional drug scam

AIKEN - Three people were indicted in federal court for using fake identities to purchase pain killers at CSRA pharmacies.

 

Indictments for Amy Johnson Hibbitts, Erica Christian Hatcher and James Allen were released Thursday, said Acting U.S. Attorney Kevin McDonald.

"They're all from the Aiken-Augusta area, and conspired to obtain these powerful prescription drugs," McDonald said.

Hibbitts is charged with two counts of obtaining Oxycodone by fraud via a forged prescription and obtaining Oxycodone with false identification. Hatcher is charged with obtaining Oxycodone by fraud via a forged prescription and obtaining Oxycodone with false identification. Allen is charged with two counts of obtaining Oxycodone with false identification, conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and possession of Oxycodone.

The trio is accused of forging prescriptions at pharmacies in Aiken, North Augusta and Augusta between February 2008 and this month, McDonald said. They also caused insurance claims to be filed under the stolen identities they used for the prescriptions.

Allen, Hibbitts and Hatcher each could face up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine if convicted.