Pleasanton Weekly

News - May 20, 2011

Livermore couple charged in Pleasanton drug fraud

Search warrant turns up drugs, bogus prescriptions

by Glenn Wohltmann

Two Livermore residents have been charged in a Pleasanton prescription fraud, according to a police report.

Christina Marie Singleterry, 24, and Evan Derek Becker, 27 were arrested May 12 after Pleasanton Police Department Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant on their home. The two were charged in connection with at least 32 counts of prescription fraud, according to the report, which said Singleterry, who worked in a local doctor's office, was forging prescriptions.

Officers learned that Singleterry had been using the doctor's private information to prescribe dangerous and highly addictive narcotic pills to herself, and that she had also been fraudulently initiating prescriptions for Becker, the report said.

The search turned up prescription pills and evidence of a great deal of fraudulent activity, according to the report. Police also found evidence suggesting that other doctors in the area may have been targeted for fraudulent activity and that unauthorized prescriptions may have been issued in their names, the report said.

Singleterry is being held at the Santa Rita Jail in lieu of $640,000 bail. Becker is also in custody, with bail yet to be determined.

The report said the case is especially worrying because the abuse of prescription medication is a growing issue among teens and young adults in the area.

Pleasanton police are asking for help from anyone who may have additional information regarding this case. Contact Sgt. Mark Reimer at 931-5170.

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