DEA investigation leads to arrest of nurse on drug-related charges

By Ray King

An investigation by DEA task force officers into alleged forged prescriptions that began Feb. 4 resulted in the arrest of a nurse who worked at Jefferson Comprehensive Care Clinic in Pine Bluff and at a clinic in Little Rock.

Reginald Fluker, 46, allegedly created prescriptions on the computer system at the two clinics and gave them to another person to fill, Officer John Hughes said in a probable cause affidavit presented in district court Monday.

According to the affidavit, Hughes and Pine Bluff Police Lt. Ralph Issac spoke to Sandra Brown, the CEO of Jefferson Comprehensive Care, on Feb. 4 in reference to a fraudulent prescription.

Brown told the officers that they were contacted Jan. 14 by the Walgreen’s pharmacy on Dollarway Road to verify a prescription for 120 hydrocodone tablets for a Pine Bluff man. The prescription was found to be fraudulent and not filled. An internal investigation showed that on Jan. 6, someone who logged into the computer, used LPN Fluker’s username and password and created a “virtual visit” for the person whose name was on the prescription.

That person was interviewed and not charged.

Hughes said in the affidavit that a “virtual visit” is required by the computer system before a prescription can be written for a person who did not have an appointment at the clinic, and after the prescription was written, the virtual visit was erased. That prescription on Jan. 6 was not filled because it had a computer-generated signature.

On Jan. 14, an identical “virtual visit” was created for the same man at the clinic in Little Rock under the name of a nurse who had not worked that day. However, Fluker was working at the clinic in Little Rock. That prescription had the handwritten signature of a doctor, but the doctor reported that he did not sign the prescription.

Hughes and Task Force Officer Fred Green interviewed the man whose name was on the prescriptions and were allegedly told that Fluker had approached the man and given him three prescriptions for hydrocodone and asked him to fill them. The man said he threw one of the prescriptions away because he was scared and pharmacies refused to fill the other two.

Fluker was interviewed on Feb. 26 and allegedly admitted giving the man three prescriptions but said the man was not able to fill any of them. He also allegedly admitted making three prescriptions each for two other people, and in one case, said he was paid and in the other, said he was given hydrocodone pills, which he said he sold.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Fluker on Monday after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with three counts of second-degree forgery.

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