PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit detectives Monday made an arrest of a Port Charlotte doctor’s employee who had fake prescriptions called in for herself. Tara Marie Fashauer, 29, of 2435 Linton Lane, was arrested for the crime.
The investigation began July 2 when Dr. Saligrama Bhat of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Center on Harbor Boulevard, called CCSO to report he suspects two of his employees used his name and DEA number to call in false scripts for themselves at local pharmacies. Dr. Bhat said a Punta Gorda Sweet Bay Supermarket pharmacist called him questioning a script called in by one of his employees for 90 Hydrocodone pills for Fashauer. The pharmacist also told the doctor she used the Florida prescription tracking system to check if Fashauer received the script or any other scheduled medications recently. The pharmacist told the doctor she located several recent scripts for Fashauer for Hydrocodone at Kmart Pharmacy in Port Charlotte.
The Sweet Bay pharmacist told detectives she got a call June 29 from the doctor’s office for 90 Hydrocodone pills for Fashauer and called the employee asking to talk to the doctor before she would fill the script. The employee called back and said the doctor was not in until next week; she said the doctor asked her to call and handle the situation. The pharmacist then called Dr. Bhat’s paging service; the doctor returned the call and said he was not aware of any messages left for him, nor did he authorize any prescriptions for his employee Fashauer.
Narcotics detectives met with the Kmart pharmacist and he confirmed eight scripts called in for Fashauer from Oct. 19, 2011 to June 15 of this year. The pharmacist provided copies of the files for the scripts provided.
Detectives contacted Fashauer about the evidence in the investigation and arrested her for Obtaining a Prescription by Fraud. She was transported to the Charlotte County Jail, booked, posted a $2,500 bond, and was released. The investigation continues by detectives concerning the other employee; her name has not been released at this time. Anyone with knowledge of illegal drug activity is asked to please call the CCSO Narcotics Unit at 941-575-2157, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).