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Waterloo woman arrested for prescription fraud

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VINTON (KWWL) -

Vinton Police say they arrested a Waterloo woman on Wednesday for prescription fraud.

Staff at the Vinton Family Medical Clinic tell police that 28-year-old Kelly Diane Smith used a fake Vinton address to try to obtain prescription drugs.

Police say that during their investigation, they found that Smith had also used a fake name, date of birth and social security number when registering with the medical clinic.

"We handle several of these cases every year in Vinton," said Vinton Police Chief Jeff Tilson in a written statement. "These drug seekers seem to think we're not sharp enough to catch onto them out here in the rural areas. Our medical professionals have a pretty acute eye for these individuals, we have an excellent working relationship with all of the providers and medical facilities in Vinton, and they never hesitate to call us when they become suspicious. Driving from Waterloo or Cedar Rapids to Vinton when you've never been a patient here before, then asking for a prescription narcotic by name is a red flag that doesn't go unnoticed. We want to put anyone who is thinking of coming to Vinton to try this on notice: We have a brand new jail and plenty of space to lock them up if they want to come here and give us a try."

Smith is charged with attempting to obtain a prescription controlled substance by providing false information.  She faces up to a year in jail, a $1,000 fine or both if convicted.

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