Montgomery (WTVY) A woman claiming to work for a Dothan doctor phoned in fraudulent prescriptions, only months before federal agents raided that physician's office.
Court records reveal authorities learned of the scheme in December 2018, after an employee at Montgomery Walgreens became suspicious of the large amount of drugs prescribed. They arrested Aubrey Vincent Goodwin.
The caller, who identified herself as “Nicole”, prescribed Xanax and other medications on the authority of Dr. John Christopher Strunk, a psychiatrist. That woman also provided Strunk's Drug Enforcement Administration registration number.
In April, DEA agents raided Strunk's office in Dothan and removed several boxes, presumably medical records.
The U.S. Justice Department would neither confirm nor deny if the fraudulent prescribing of medications and the search of Strunk's office are related. DOJ routinely does not comment regarding ongoing investigations.
Court documents reveal that workers in Strunk's office claimed his name had been used to fraudulently prescribe medications at pharmacies in Montgomery and elsewhere.
Neither Strunk nor his employees have been implicated of wrongdoing. His office remains open and he is in good standing with a state board that regulates physicians.
Goodwin pleaded guilty to violating control substance laws and will be sentenced Tuesday in Montgomery.
When arrested, he told investigators a woman he does not know by name paid him to pick up medications prescribed to him.