Couple charged with prescription drug fraud

An investigation by the North Florida Drug Diversion Response Team (DRT) has led to the arrest of a Crawfordville couple on numerous counts of prescription drug offenses. An FDLE agent working with the DRT found that Farrah Ward, 30, went to several physicians and dentists in Wakulla and Leon counties for treatment of the same medical complaints and obtained prescriptions for such pain medications as Hydrocodone, Oxycodone and Darvocet. In doing so, she allegedly obtained as many as 110 prescriptions from 19 different practices over a two-year period.

Farrah Ward was arrested on May 18 and charged with 18 counts of Withholding Information from a Practitioner to Obtain Controlled Substances, commonly known as "doctor shopping," in Leon County and another eight counts in Wakulla County. She was released on a $4,000 bond.

Doctor shopping is a third-degree felony.

Also charged in connection with the investigation was Ward's husband, Christopher Ward, 31. The investigation found as many as 53 incidents during the same two-year period when he obtained the prescription drugs Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Endocet and Darvocet in Leon County. He was arrested on June 7 and charged with five counts of doctor shopping. He was released under pre-trial release.

The investigation is continuing so additional charges may follow.

The Drug Diversion Response Team is a task force made up of state and federal agencies that have authority to investigate criminal misuse of prescribed medications. This can include doctors who illegally prescribe, pharmacists who illegally distribute, and individuals who illegally obtain prescription drugs.

For more information, contact:

Michael Morrison
Public Information Officer
FDLE - Tallahassee
(850) 410-8258