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Tallahassee Couple Charged with Prescription Drug Fraud

7/15/2008
 
A joint investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Tallahassee Police Department has led to the arrest of a Tallahassee couple on numerous counts of prescription drug offenses. The investigation began in November 2007 when FDLE received information alleging that Ty Rance Gentle and Kristi Leigh Gentle were visiting numerous doctors to illegally obtain prescription drug medications.

FDLE found that Ty and Kristi Gentle visited several physicians in Tallahassee for treatment of the same medical complaints and obtained prescriptions for such pain medications as Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Endocet and Darvocet. The couple allegedly obtained as many as 68 prescriptions containing 3,000 prescription pills from 26 different physicians.

Ty Gentle was arrested in Tallahassee on July 14 and charged with 11 counts of Withholding Information from a Practitioner to Obtain Controlled Substances, commonly known as “doctor shopping,” and four counts of Insurance Fraud.

Kristi Gentle was also arrested in Tallahassee on July 14 and charged with 13 counts of Withholding Information from a Practitioner to Obtain Controlled Substances and five counts of Insurance Fraud. Ty and Kristi Gentle were booked in the Leon County Jail.

Doctor shopping and insurance fraud are third-degree felonies.

The investigation is continuing.

For more information, contact:

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