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Arizona medical assistant arrested for drug fraud

A Yavapai County medical assistant was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for drug fraud.

Jodie Leanne Cox, 33, illegally obtained about 15,000 hyrdocodone pills between August 2009 and August 2011 by filling out false prescriptions for herself and her family members. She then would take these prescriptions to varying pharmacies in both Yavapai and Maricopa counties.

“Crimes related to prescription drug fraud are a serious matter,” said Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne in a press release. “These crimes compromise the integrity of our health care system. They make unwitting co-conspirators out of law-abiding citizens and out of doctors and pharmacies operating in good faith. They also increase costs, and, most seriously, they endanger people’s lives.”

Cox was charged in a 134-count indictment.