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Alert pharmacist tips off St. George police to prescription fraud ring

By Cody Blowers, St. George News | Posted - Jan 17th, 2019 @ 8:57am


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ST. GEORGE — Four Southern California men were arrested and face multiple felony charges after an alert pharmacist in St. George called police Tuesday to report suspected prescription fraud.

Alejandro Davalos, 20, of Bell Garden, California, has been charged with six third-degree felonies, including five counts of possessing a forgery device and one count of possessing multiple identification documents, as well as five counts of possession of an altered/forged prescription, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, which are class B misdemeanors, according to the affidavit filed Wednesday in the 5th District Court.

Enrique Tello-Pena, 22, Cristian Puente-Gurrola, 23, and Hector Luis Fernandez, 22, of Los Angeles, are facing six third-degree felony charges that include five counts of possessing a forgery device and one count of possession of another’s identification documents, as well as one count of possession of marijuana and one count for possession of paraphernalia, both class B misdemeanors.

The charges stem from an incident that began Tuesday afternoon when a pharmacist at Brent’s Pharmacy, at 2378 E. Red Cliffs Drive, called the St. George Communications Center reporting possible prescription fraud after a man using the name “Cristian Gurolla” attempted to fill a prescription.

The pharmacist told police he had received an email alert sent by an investigator with the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing detailing an incident where an “Enrique Tello” attempted to pass a fraudulent prescription written by Dr. Kilfeh out of East Los Angeles.

The pharmacist became suspicious when he noted that Cristian Gurrola’s prescription listed the same doctor’s name out of East Los Angeles Doctors Hospital.

Read the full article at St. George News.

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