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Sussex Countian
  • Laurel couple arrested for identity theft, healthcare fraud

  • A Laurel couple was arrested Oct. 31 for allegedly stealing a woman’s identity for the purposes of fraudulently obtaining prescription medications.
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  • A Laurel couple was arrested Oct. 31 for allegedly stealing a woman’s identity for the purposes of fraudulently obtaining prescription medications.
    According to the Delaware State Police, a 36-year-old Laurel woman contacted authorities on Oct. 30 to report an identity theft. Police said the victim claimed she had called her local drug store to check on a prescription. The victim told police the pharmacist asked her about another prescription that was different from the one she was calling about. Police said the victim was unaware of this other prescription, and became suspicious. Police said the pharmacist provided the victim with seven dates the medication was filled, beginning Dec. 12, 2012. Police said the suspect would use the victim’s name, date of birth and health insurance information to call in the prescription and then respond to the store to make the purchase.
    Police said video surveillance was obtained from the pharmacy and Kara L. Murphy, 28, was determined to be the primary suspect. Police said it was also determined that Murphy’s boyfriend, Jason Shapiro, 33, had conspired with her to commit these crimes. Both were charged with seven counts each of healthcare fraud, identity theft, prescription pill fraud and second degree conspiracy. Murphy was committed to the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution on $9,000 secured bond. Shapiro was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $9,000 secured bond.
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