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Attorney General: Lehigh Valley prescription drug ring busted

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 05 2014 10:29:43 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 05 2014 05:25:03 PM CDT

Alleged prescription drug ring

Nine Pennsylvania residents have been arrested for their alleged roles in a prescription drug ring that operated throughout the Lehigh Valley, according to Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

The investigation was initiated after the Attorney General's Office received a complaint from a Northampton County doctor claiming that someone from his office had stolen prescription pads and was using them without authorization.

According to the criminal complaint, Alison Monfre, who worked at the Easton doctor's office, wrote multiple prescriptions for oxycodone and signed the doctor's name without his knowledge.

Monfre's boyfriend, Jamarcus Fennell, allegedly sold the forged prescriptions to acquaintances and also occasionally sold pills from filled scripts on the street.

Below is a complete list of the defendants and the charges against them.

--Carl Brown III, 23, of the 700 block of Davis St., Easton, Northampton County, is charged with nine counts of acquisition of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge, nine counts of identity theft, one count of criminal conspiracy, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of corrupt organizations.

--Kenneth Ennis, 25, of the 200 block of W. Nesquehoning St., Easton, Northampton County, is charged with nine counts of acquisition of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge, nine counts of identity theft, one count of criminal conspiracy, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of corrupt organizations.

--Jamarcus Fennell, 23, currently incarcerated in the Northampton County Prison, is charged with of nine counts of acquisition of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge, nine counts of identity theft, five counts of receiving stolen property, one count of criminal conspiracy, one count of corrupt organizations and one count of possession of a controlled substance.

--Terrisa Grube, 42, last known address in the 600 block of Wyandotte St., Bethlehem, Lehigh County, is charged with nine counts of acquisition of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge, nine counts of identity theft, one count of criminal conspiracy, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of corrupt organizations.

--Shawn McAvoy, 19, of the 500 block of Valley Ave., Easton, Northampton County, is charged with nine counts of acquisition of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge, nine counts of identity theft, one count of criminal conspiracy, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of corrupt organizations.

--Alison Monfre, 33, of the 110 block of Fell St., Summit Hill, Carbon County, is charged with 13 counts of theft by unlawful taking, nine counts of acquisition of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge, nine counts of identity theft, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of corrupt organizations.

--Barbara Monfre, 61, of the 100 block of West Fell St., Summit Hill, Carbon County, is charged with nine counts of identity theft, eight counts of acquisition of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge, one count of criminal conspiracy, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of corrupt organizations.

--Lataryn Smith, 21, last known address in the 300 block of S. West St., Apt. A, Allentown, Lehigh County, is charged with nine counts of acquisition of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge, nine counts of identity theft, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of corrupt organizations.

--Mercedes Werkheiser, 21, of the 100 block of North 7th St., Apt. 2, Easton, Northampton County, is charged with nine counts of acquisition of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge, nine counts of identity theft, one count of criminal conspiracy, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of corrupt organizations.