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Queen Anne's County Woman Arrested for Prescription Fraud, Health Insurance Abuse

GRASONVILLE, Md. - The Queen Anne's County Drug Task Force arrested a Chester, Md. woman Thursday for prescription fraud and health insurance abuse after a two month-long investigation.

Police say 38-year-old Tina Marie Karasek was arrested and charged with 376 separate charges to include multiple counts of possession of Oxycodone with the intent to distribute, possession of Oxycodone, obtain CDS by fraud, possession of prescription pills with the intent to distribute, obtain prescriptions by concealment, obtain prescription by fraud, obtain drug by fraud, obtaining CDS by impersonation, fraud and identity theft.

Authorities say on October 24 at about 8 a.m., the Queen Anne's County Drug Task Force served a knock and announce search warrant in the 1100 block of Oyster Cove Drive in Grasonville, Md. Authorities say a search of the home revealed more than 650 suspected Oxycodone pills and evidence of multiple, long-term prescription fraud. Investigators say they also recovered Oxycodone and packaging materials from a 2012 Kia Sorento.

Authorities say this case was the result of a two month-long investigation into prescription fraud and health insurance abuse by Karasek. Police say Karasek works in the medical billing field and handled billing for multiple doctors' offices, and using her position, Karasek located names and insurance information for multiple patients. Police say she would then make or forge printed prescriptions for Oxycodone and other drugs and then pass these prescriptions at pharmacies located in and around Maryland. Investigators say they have determined that since the spring of 2014 Karasek has illegally obtained over 10,000 Oxycodone and other prescription pills and used the health insurance of the victims to pay for them. The street value of these pills is approximately $50,000. 

Karasek is currently on probation in Wyoming for multiple counts of prescription fraud and other controlled dangerous substance violations from a previous prescription theft scheme.  

Karasek was held on $200,000 bond and was incarcerated in the Queen Anne's County Detention Center.

Deputies from the Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office and a Trooper assigned to the Centreville State Police Barrack assisted the Queen Anne's County Drug Task Force in this investigation.
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