FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A Fort Wayne woman is facing multiple felony charges for allegedly stealing a prescription pad from the doctor’s office she was working at. She then wrote at least 30 prescriptions for painkillers, according to police.
Police began their investigation back in October of 2013 when they received a phone call from the office manager of a Fort Wayne doctor. The office manager reported that Nikeya Gilbert, 36, an employee of Dr. Anuradha Kollipara, had stolen a prescription pad.
The office manager believed Gilbert had written multiple prescriptions in the names of several people, including herself at pharmacies in Fort Wayne and Allen County. All of the prescriptions were for Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) and Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen), both of which are controlled substances.
Dr. Kollipara confirmed that the prescriptions in question which dated back to November of 2012 had all been forged and Gilbert was subsequently fired.
Most of the prescriptions being investigated were too old for police to access surveillance video, however there was video footage available from January 22, 2014. That video showed a woman filling a prescription at the Walmart at Southtown Crossing. Dr. Kollipara’s office confirmed that the woman in the footage was Gilbert.
Police were able to capture Gilbert on June 10, 2014 on a contempt of court warrant for failure to appear on an unrelated charge. After being read her Miranda rights, Gilbert waived those rights and admitted to police that she had written and filled the 30 prescriptions being investigated. Police believe she may have written and filled even more.
On Monday, Gilbert was charged with multiple felonies related to the case, including forgery, possession of a controlled substance and receiving stolen property.