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Doctor's employee accused of drug fraud

Staff report

A routine traffic stop led Paducah police down a twisting path that ended with the arrest of a Carlisle County woman Tuesday afternoon.

Brenda Light, 49, of Bardwell was arrested on an indictment charging her with 12 counts of obtaining or attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud, false statement or forgery, police spokeswoman Robin Newberry said in a news release.

Officer Nick Francescon found the driver of a car he'd stopped to be in possession of an empty bottle of the painkiller hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled substance. The bottle had contained 60 tablets, and had been filled only 15 days earlier. Francescon contacted Detective John Tolliver, the police department's prescription drug investigator, Newberry said.

Tolliver learned that the man with the empty bottle had been receiving monthly prescriptions for hydrocodone from a local physician. A representative of the physician's office said the man was not a patient, but she recognized him as the son of Light, an employee in the office, Newberry said.

Tolliver interviewed Light, who said she had called in 12 prescriptions for her son because of a medical issue, but said her son had no idea that the physician had not authorized the prescriptions, Newberry said.

Tolliver presented his investigation to a McCracken County grand jury, which returned the indictment against Light. She was arrested Tuesday afternoon and jailed.

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