Attorney General Brown Announces Charges Against Physician Accused of Prescription Drug Fraud

From the press release:

Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that charges were filed against Dr. Lisa Barden of Rancho Cucumonga, who broke the law and “wrecked havoc” on the lives of patients whose identities she stole to obtain highly addictive pain killers.

“This physician wrecked havoc on the lives of dozens of patients, violating her oath and abusing her position as a doctor,” Attorney General Brown said.

In November 2007, the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement began an investigation of Dr. Barden, who illegally obtained prescription drugs on 131 separate occasions from more than 43 different pharmacies. Barden obtained more than 30,000 tablets of prescription painkillers, including hydrocodone (Vicodin) and oxycodone (Oxycotin). Dr. Barden was arrested on Thursday, January 29.

The Riverside District Attorney’s Office filed 276 felony counts including: commercial burglary, forgery, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, possession of a controlled substance, insurance fraud and identity theft. Agents recovered from her home multiple prescription pads for 12 different doctors, as well as the personal information of 93 people who are alleged victims of identity theft.

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