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11/26/2012 9:57:00 PM
Woman accused of faking prescriptions for painkillers may plead guilty
Jodie Cox
Jodie Cox
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - A woman accused of faking a doctor's prescriptions to feed her painkiller addiction appears ready to accept a plea deal that could put her in prison for three years.

Jodie Cox, 33, is currently facing a 134-count fraud indictment for calling or faxing fake prescriptions for hydrocodone to local pharmacies from 2009 to 2012, according a detective with the Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking task force.

She worked for doctors as a medical assistant at the time, a probable cause statement said, and would order the painkillers in her parents' and grandmother's names, then pick up the drugs for herself.

Cox admitted to the scheme when confronted by detectives, the statement said, and she was also observed picking up and paying for the prescriptions at two Prescott Valley pharmacies.

She told police that the 15,000 pills she illegally obtained over the seven-month period were for her personal addiction, not for sale.

Monday in court, her attorney, John Hollis, said the details were nearly in place to allow Cox to plead guilty to five of those counts, stipulating three years in prison as the sentence.

Superior Court Judge Celé Hancock set a date next month for the change of plea.

Cox is in custody in lieu of $40,000 bond.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Article comment by: Sal Addin

The US government is the LARGEST customer for drugs in the world. It medicates soldiers, children, th poor and elderly at taxpayer expense. It is the US government and those who support it that are to blame.

Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Article comment by: trippetta able

Everything I stated was a fact, of course personal accountability needs to come into play ONCE the person realizes that he or she has a problem, it's how they have gotten from point A to point B that is being called into question. As far as me being accountable, I believe I stated that is is important to be informed, in as much as I am, I fail to see how anything I've stated could be construed as shifting blame particularly when I know the cycle.

Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Article comment by: DU PONT

Better Living thru Chemistry

Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Article comment by: Acquaintance Of Jodie

The article is incorrect. Her charges stem from January, 2009 through March, 2012. 15,000 pills over a 3 year period isn't nearly as harmful as the article suggests. She never appeared under the influence at any time and was quite a good driver. I personally don't know addiction (other than my caffeine), but I sympathize with her and anyone else who faces it. She is a very sweet girl and went out of her way to help people. Maybe we should all try and see things positively (she is now clean and didn't hurt anyone other than herself) instead of judging her. Throwing stones at glass houses and all that. Try to be a little nicer, people. We are all human beings and have our own faults, not one of us is perfect. Editor's note. The commenter is correct and the article has been edited accordingly.

Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Article comment by: Always Blaming Others

Yeah, it certainly couldn't be HER fault, now could it Tricia??

Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Article comment by: trippetta able

Good for you Harry good to see some sense in the comments section it is a method of control, ever since the Civil War a new and deadlier cure for addiction has been given. heroin was marketed by Bayer Aspirin to "cure" Morphine addiction, and than of course methadone to "cure" heroin addiction. Each one more addictive than the last, the whole time the DEA and cops and politicians getting rich off of how to redeem mankind from a terrible scourge that they all continuously profit off of. Pharmaceutical reps wine and dine doctors who pass them off like candy being the latest and greatest cure all and when the masses become addicted as a result people demonize those who become victim to big pharma. It's time we all wise up.

Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Article comment by: Look mom, I can use a calculator

Wow. Look at all of the mathematical geniuses! Very impressive. See you all at the next Mensa meeting!

Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Article comment by: The Dude

Classy, Classy lady.

Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Article comment by: laura hopper

At Proofreading pays off, you might want to take a look at your own spelling before you run your mouth at other peoples spelling approximatel? shouldnt that be approximately? and narcotics has one c....jus sayin...

Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Article comment by: Give'm Hell Harry

Rush Limbaugh did almost the same thing and never served a day in jail and was never charged. Funny how if you are rich and famous (or infamous in Rush's case) the law never applies to them. And even more disgusting is that Rush is a hero to the conservatives in this town!

All the time the pharmaceutical industry keeps raking in the cash. Americans consume 80 percent of the world's painkillers, which translates into more than 110 tons of addictive opiates every year. Doctors prescribed enough pain medication last year to partially numb every American adult around-the-clock for a month. So much of the stuff is now being handed out that lethal overdoses tripled in the past decade, according to a new report from the CDC. In fact, painkillers now cause more deaths in America than cocaine and heroin combined. And if the numbers keep rising, they'll soon outpace car crashes as the nation's leading cause of fatal injury. CDC Director Thomas Frieden has one word for that: Epidemic. Overdoses from prescription painkillers - including oxycodone, methadone and hydrocodone (Vicodin) -- killed 15,000 people last year. That's more than 40 per day.

In 2010, 1 in 20 people in the United States (age 12 or older) reported using prescription painkillers for non-medical reasons in the past year.

The quantity of prescription painkillers sold to pharmacies, hospitals, and doctors' offices in 2010 had quadrupled since 1999.

Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Article comment by: Proof Reading Pays Off

Who is proof reading this stuff? Patents' ? Shouldn't that be Patients?

Anyways, I wonder if she was taking a stool softner? All those narccotics must have stopped her up for weeks. At approximatel 71 pills a day She must have been high as a kite. To think of all the lives she could have taken from driving under the influence.

Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Article comment by: naabt org

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Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Article comment by: Middle of the Road

Wow, 15,000 pills, that's some personal addiction. Over a 7 month period, that's - 71 pills per day!

Or maybe she was just squirreling some away, after all, winter is coming.

Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Article comment by: Simple Math

15K over 7 months =71.42 a day. Personal use? Wonder who or what she knows to get such a sweetheart deal. 132 counts and plead to 5 and serve 3 years? None of which includes dealing? Justice is suppose to be blind not stupid. Where are the feds in this?

Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Article comment by: Uncle Remus

A quick calculation has her taking about 70 pills a day. Impressive to be able to live through that.
For her personal use? Let's see how the judge sees that.

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