Ada County Sheriff's detectives arrest two Chicago women, Boise man for fake prescriptions fraud

Posted at 3:52 PM, Oct 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-03 17:52:38-04

Two Chicago women and a Boise man are charged with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud after Ada County Sheriff’s Office detectives reportedly caught them using fake prescriptions to try to get cough syrup at several Boise-area pharmacies.

Detectives arrested 23-year-old Letitia M. Miller (pictured, left) and 29-year-old Shateria S. Morse (pictured, center) at a Boise area pharmacy Friday afternoon.

Detectives say they found numerous fake prescriptions -- in several different names -- in their rental car. Investigators also say they found evidence placing the duo at three different pharmacies on Friday, where they tried to get codeine cough syrup with fake prescriptions.

Detectives also arrested 46-year-old Jimmie Hyde (pictured, left) of Boise on a felony count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. According to an Ada County Sheriff’s Office news release, it appears Miller and Morse met Hyde earlier in the day and arranged to have him collect prescriptions for them. Detectives arrested Hyde inside a local pharmacy Friday afternoon, while the two women waited for him in the parking lot.

Detectives also say they developed evidence Morse and Miller had just recently arrived in the Boise area were trying to get as many bottles of codeine cough syrup as possible so they could sell them out of state.

The crime of obtaining a controlled substance by deception is punishable by up to four years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine.

Deputies arrested three Portland men in May for a similar scam. They eventually entered guilty pleas in connection with their case, the release stated.

Two are awaiting sentencing later this month.