Former medical assistant pleads guilty to prescription fraud

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced today that a medical assistant at a doctor’s office in Grand Rapids pleaded guilty for prescription fraud.

Amanda Sheridan of Hastings will face up to four years in federal prison after pleading guilty to acquiring controlled substances by fraud.

The medical assistant stole a doctor’s prescription pad and forged his signature on 77 prescriptions for Norco, Adderall, and other highly-abused contolled substances.

The prescriptions were written for herself and two other individuals who altogether received more than 4,000 prescription pills before being caught by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“This type of crime feeds the opioid epidemic, which we and our partner agencies are committed to fighting,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge said.

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