Boca X-ray tech accused of filling fraud weight loss pill scripts

Olivia Hitchcock Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

11:13 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 Southern Palm Beach County

 

A former X-ray technician at a Boca Raton urgent care center faces multiple fraud charges after reportedly writing himself prescriptions for weight loss pills and oxycodone.

Sean Estes, 35, of Lauderhill, admitted to repeatedly prescribing himself Adipex, a drug used for weight loss, and oxycodone, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office records show. He was arrested Thursday on the fraud charges and released the next day on a $27,000 surety bond.

Estes filled the fraudulent prescriptions 20 times from late November 2015 through March, records show, while he was employed at GetMed Urgent Care Center.

He was caught when employees at Boca Pharmacy on Powerline Road called his boss in late March to verify the many prescriptions Estes filled while on cigarette breaks.

“Yes, I screwed up,” Estes reportedly said when asked about the prescriptions.

His bosses agreed, and Estes, who worked in the Boca Raton and Broward County offices, was let go.

A doctor at the center told sheriff’s officials Estes’ job did not include processing prescriptions. He did, however, take X-rays of patients.

State records show Estes is a certified radiologic technologist. According to the Florida Department of Health, Estes is not currently practicing medicine in Florida.

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