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Scammers target Lehigh Acres pharmacy

Posted at 7:07 PM, Dec 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-15 07:19:16-05

Ronak Patel fills dozens of Prescriptions a day at Acres Pharmacy in Lehigh. When he first saw a prescription for for a cough syrup with codeine, he didn't think anything suspicious about the doctor's name at the top of the paper.

The address and phone number were for a doctor he knew very well. The name was different, but he just assumed that the practice brought on a other doctor. 

A few weeks later, Patel got another prescription for the same cough syrup, from the same doctor. The difference this time was that a different patient's name was on the sheet. 

It happened once more and then a fourth time on Thursday. That's when Patel called the phone number of the doctor on the prescription, an internal medicine specialist. 

"We called the doctor's office and we find out that there is no doctor that exist with that name in that office", he told Four in Your Corner. 

The doctor who works there is Pedro Ylisastigui. He told Fox 4 that the doctor listed on the prescription, Dr. Shaila Kirplani, doe not work in his office. He's never heard of her.

Dr. Ylisastigui says there was something else unusual about these prescriptions. They came on paper. 

"We usually do electronic prescriptions. When they need something that needs to be on a prescription pad, that is something that either me or my staff control", he told Four In Your Corner. 

Dr. Ylisastigui told Fox 4 that he had heard of prescription fraud before, but in 18 years of practicing medicine, he never thought it would happen to him. 

"I was in shock. that never happened to me before. This is something that was a shock for me."