Marine Accused Of Pushing Pain Pills

Federal investigators believe a Camp Pendleton-based Marine used his doctor's name to order hundreds of painkillers from area drug stores

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    A Camp Pendleton-based Marine is under investigation, accused of stealing a doctor's identity and calling in phony prescriptions according to a search warrant exclusively obtained by NBCSanDiego.

    It began when a psychiatric doctor at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton noticed someone was using his name and medical information to prescribe medication to various people who were not under his care.

    The prescriptions were mostly for painkillers like Vicodin and Oxycontin.

    Someone was calling in and picking up hundreds of pills at different Rite-Aids all across North County according to documents.

    Pendleton-Based Marine Accused in Painkiller Scheme

    [DGO] Pendleton-Based Marine Accused in Painkiller Scheme
    A Camp Pendleton-based Marine is under investigation, accused of stealing a doctor's identity and calling in phony prescriptions according to a search warrant exclusively obtained by NBCSanDiego. Tony Shin reports.

    The Naval Criminal Investigative Service notified the narcotics team at the U.S. Department of Justice.

    Agents began their investigation by looking at surveillance video from the different Rite-Aids, to see who was picking up the pills.

    According to the warrant, in every case it was the same man but the pills were under at least 16 different names.

    In some cases he wore a cast on his arm.

    Agents discovered one of the names belonged to a Marine corporal stationed at Camp Pendleton, who lives at a Carlsbad apartment complex in the 300 block of Walnut Avenue.

    Rite-Aid employees looked at his picture in a photo line-up and identified him as the person who's been picking up the prescriptions officials said.

    Last Friday investigators searched the Marine's apartment and found several pill bottles including Oxycontin, Vicodin and Zoloft, all of them prescribed under the Marine's name.

    An investigator wrote in the warrant that he believes the corporal was selling the pills and had been doing it since January.

    Investigators say the corporal was using names of real Marines who are in his unit.

    They also say he was using their insurance to pay for the pills and those Marines had no idea what was happening.

    NBCSanDiego is not identifying the Marine because it's still unclear if he has been arrested.