Indianapolis pharmacist accused of filling unauthorized prescriptions for drugs
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind, – A local pharmacist was arrested this week accused of filling powerful prescription drugs illegally and then splitting the pills with a dentist.
Police arrested Kevin Foster this week as part of a nationwide healthcare fraud takedown. He was identified in connection with a Medicaid Fraud case and was charged on June 17 with five counts of Filling an Invalid Prescription for Legend Drugs by a Pharmacist (Class D Felony).
Marion County Prosecutor’s believe Foster was working with Dr. Bernice Avant. They allege Avant would write prescriptions for drugs like Hydrocodone and Diazepam using the names of Foster’s relatives.
Then Foster is alleged to have filled those prescriptions at the Meijer store on Pike Plaza Road where he worked.
He’s accused of splitting the pills with Avant. One pharmacy tech told investigators she witnessed Foster handing over pills to Avant inside the store.
It’s not clear where those drugs went next, but investigators do not believe Foster’s relatives were involved.
“It’s very unusual for a pharmacist to be filling a prescription for a family member, particularly where it’s a drug that is sought after like Hydrocodone,” said Deputy Prosecutor Tim Delaney. “And then to add that the behaviors he was engaging in, hand delivering the prescriptions from behind the desk to Dr. Avant. It all raised a variety of red flags.”
Foster bonded out of jail. He is due in court next month.
The Indianan Attorney General has filed a petition to suspend Foster’s pharmacist license.
Delaney hopes this arrest sends a strong message to anyone abusing their powers.
“Indiana has an opioid epidemic. These drugs are highly addictive and they destroy lives,” said Delaney. “It is a crisis and it’s a crisis we at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office take very seriously.”
4 Fast Facts
- Authorities began investigating Kevin Foster last year after he was named in connection with a Medicaid investigation.
- According to court docs, a local dentist illegally prescribed medications and Foster filled hose medications.
- Foster filled fraudulent prescriptions for Hydrocodone, Diazepam and Viscous Xylocaine for at least two of his family members.
- He was charged with five counts of filling an invalid prescription for legend drugs by a pharmacist.