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Updated Dec 20, 2012 - 4:28 pm

Medical assistant sentenced for prescription drug fraud

Jodie Leanne Cox. (Arizona Attorney General's Office)

PHOENIX -- A northern Arizona woman who worked as a medical assistant has been sentenced to three years in prison in a prescription drug fraud case.

The Arizona Attorney General's Office announced Thursday that Jodie Leanne Cox, 33, was sentenced on five counts of fraudulent schemes and artifices.

Cox is from the Dewey-Humboldt area. She originally was charged by the Yavapai County Attorney's Office in a 134-count indictment.

Prosecutors said Cox illegally obtained approximately 15,000 hydrocodone pills from August 2009 to April 2011.

They said Cox used her knowledge as a medical assistant to fill more than 100 false prescriptions in her name and the names of her family members at various pharmacies in Yavapai and Maricopa counties.

Authorities said the prescriptions didn't have a doctor's authorization.

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