Veteran and former VA doctor charged with prescription fraud

The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office has charged a veteran and former VA doctor with prescription fraud.Deputies say in December 2013, they received a complaint of possible prescription fraud occurring at local pharmacies in Pitt County from July 15, 2013 through October 4, 2013.They say the prescriptions in question were generated from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Health Care Center in Greenville.As a result of the investigation, detectives and agents with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Office of Inspector General discovered that 47-year-old Dr. Elizabeth McNeil Byrd of Winterville was treating veteran 29-year-old Brock Lauren Parrish of Lucoma at the VA center.Deputies say Dr. Byrd wrote multiple prescriptions to Parrish over the course of his treatment and several were filled outside of the VA’s pharmacy, which is not standard procedure.Detectives discovered that Dr. Byrd was questioned by a local pharmacist and the VA administration about the prescriptions, which Byrd reported the prescriptions were possibly stolen and forged.During June 2013, Dr. Byrd left her position at the VA center, yet detectives found she still was writing prescriptions to Parrish after leaving. Interviews indicated that several of the narcotics received from these prescription fills were ultimately received by Dr. Byrd.On March 16, detectives and agents obtained warrants and charged both Dr. Elizabeth McNeil Byrd and Brock Lauren Parrish with 7 counts of Obtaining Controlled Substance by Fraud/Forgery each.Both Byrd and Parrish turned themselves in March 18th. Byrd signed herself out on a written promise while Parrish received a $25,000 unsecured Bond.Byrd voluntarily surrendered her medical license to the North Carolina Medical Board.

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