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Doctor arrested after trying to fill fake prescriptions

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – The Jonesboro Police Department has busted a doctor for allegedly writing fake prescriptions to herself.

Police arrested Dr. Valerie Sloan this week after she tried to pick up two pain medications from the Parker Road Specialty Pharmacy in Jonesboro.

Investigators caught Sloan after the pharmacy's owner, Mike Soo, reported some of his suspicions. He told police on March 29, 2013, that he believed one of his customers had been writing fraudulent prescriptions for the past year.

"Through some work on his own, [Soo] discovered that it was possibly a doctor that was prescribing herself medication and picking it up and had done it on multiple occasions," Sgt. Lyle Waterworth with Jonesboro Police said.

According to Officer Richard Guimond's initial report, Soo told police that a patient named Kim Robertson kept picking up pain pills prescribed by Dr. Valerie Sloan.

The probable cause affidavit states that Soo "looked up the doctor online and noticed the doctor is the same person who comes and picks up the medication." The affidavit continues, explaining that "Soo advised that Sloan would come in about every 2-3 days to pick up a prescription and would always attempt to wear a baseball cap or scarf as if to hide her identity."

Police were unable to find Sloan on March 29, so Soo agreed to call them when she came back to get another refill.

That call came Monday, April 1.

Officer Guimond wrote in his initial report that he and another officer waited near the store until Sloan drove up to the drive-through window. He writes, "I approached the black colored SUV from the front and Cpl. [Jason] Bissett approached from the rear so she could not leave."

She told the officers that she did not have any identification on her and that her name was Kim Roberts, and then said Kim Robertson. She also told them her date of birth was April 17, 1979, and then changed to say it was May 17, 1979.

The affidavit states that a photo of Sloan was then sent to the officers so that they could positively identify her. Once she removed her large sunglasses and a pink toboggan, the officers said they knew it was Sloan.

According to the affidavit, "the officers obtained the two prescriptions that Sloan was attempting to fill in the name of Robertson for Oxymorphone and Percocet."

Once they received that information, the officers asked Sloan to get out of the vehicle. She did but refused to give them any more information about her identity. The affidavit explains that the officer attempted to grab her hand, but she tried to resist arrest. The officers eventually got her into some handcuffs and began searching through her purse only after they got permission from her husband.

The police report states that Sloan's husband and father arrived at the scene and took possession of her vehicle and her three-year-old son, who was in the back seat.

Inside Sloan's purse, officers found her driver's license as well as "two prescription receipts where a prescription had been found filled in the name of Kim Robertson for Hydrocodone and Hydromorphone at the pharmacy" dated March 22, 2013, according to the affidavit.

Investigators also obtained pharmacy records showing that since January 2012, Sloan has used her alias to call in 128 different prescriptions. That's why she now faces 128 felony fraud charges to obtain drugs. If convicted she could face three to 10 years in prison as well as a fine not exceeding $10,000.

Sloan has also been charged with two misdemeanor offenses – obstructing governmental operations and refusing to submit to arrest.

She has been released from the Craighead County Detention Center after posting bond.

She is scheduled to be back in district court on April 26.

Her attorney, Bill Stanley, did not immediately return a request for comment, and neither did the attorney for the Arkansas State Medical Board.

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