Local woman accused of acquiring hundreds of pills by fraud

By Michael Todd

A Hubert woman who worked as a doctor’s assistant remains in jail after she allegedly used her employer’s prescription pad to acquire hundreds of opiates and stimulants from local pharmacies last year.

She now faces 38 charges in connection with using her current employer, Coastal Carolina Neurology, to acquire controlled substances, according to an affidavit of indigency.

Medina Kaye Blanton, 42, of Hunt Drive in Hubert was arrested Feb. 12 by Jacksonville Police Department on 12 charges of trafficking opium or heroin; 10 charges of embezzling a controlled substance by an employee; 10 charges of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud of forgery; two charges of possession of a Schedule 2 controlled substance; simple possession of a Schedule 3 controlled substance; simple possession of a Schedule 4 controlled substance; obtaining a prescription drug by fraud or forgery; and larceny by employee.

She was an employee of Coastal Carolina Neurology during the alleged acts between March and December 2015, according to warrants. Blanton is accused of taking a prescription pad from the business in March to acquire: 90 Fioricet pills — headache medication — and 30 diazepam pills in April 2015; 120 hydrocodone pills, 180 oxycodone pills, 90 Adderall pills and 15 morphine doses in August; 330 oxycodone pills and 90 Adderall pills in November; and 150 oxycodone pills in December, according to warrants.

After Blanton’s first appearance in court on Monday, Jacksonville attorney Kyle Fountain was appointed to represent her case.

The defendant advised the court that she earns $2,000 monthly from Coastal Carolina Neurology, according to the affidavit of indigency.

A Hubert woman of the same name and age pleaded guilty three years ago in U.S. District Court in Raleigh for filing false AFLAC health-insurance claims for $234,295, according to a federal criminal information in that case.

“Blanton spent the money on her own interests,” according to a 2013 release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Federal court documents give details behind the fraud.

“It was a part of the scheme and artifice that the defendant would create and file claims with AFLAC stating that Blanton and certain members of her family had been admitted to a hospital as an inpatient for periods of days and weeks when, in fact, Blanton and her family members were not admitted to a hospital as an inpatient during the times listed,” according to the information by Assistant U.S. Attorney William Gilmore, who specializes in economic crimes. “It was further part of the scheme and artifice that Blanton would fabricate medical documentation.”

The case warranted federal jurisdiction of interstate-commerce law when, on April 7, 2010, Blanton faxed medical records from North Carolina to an AFLAC claims processor outside the state, Gilmore wrote.

Blanton pleaded guilty Jan. 16, 2013 before U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle. She was sentenced to one year and one day in prison and three years of supervised release, according to federal court documents.

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