Three Detained in Prescription Fraud Investigation to Remain in Custody for 3 Days
Three individuals, including a doctor and two pharmacists, who were arrested as part of a prescription fraud investigation, have been ordered to remain in custody for three days following their court appearance today.
The investigation revolves around allegations of forging official documents, circulating counterfeit documents, and obtaining money through fraudulent means.
Police Inspector Assistant Cemali Çiftci stated that the suspects, Ö.T. and E.T., in collaboration with Dr. S.T., allegedly misrepresented medication purchases to fraudulently obtain funds from the Social Insurance Department between January and August 2023.
During a search of their workplaces and homes, Çiftci noted that a trash container near E.T.'s pharmacy in Dörtyol contained cut-out coupons for medications. In Ö.T.'s pharmacy in Serdarlı, signed prescriptions written by Dr. S.T. were discovered.
Çiftci emphasized that the investigation is still in its early stages and that both S.T. and E.T. provided voluntary statements. These statements will be verified, and additional statements will be obtained as part of the ongoing investigation. Electronic devices will also be examined.
Çiftci requested a 3-day detention for all three suspects, pointing out the potential for them to interfere with the investigation and evidence.
Prosecutor Hasan Boşnak supported the 3-day detention request, emphasizing that the investigation is in its early stages.
Judge Zehra Yalkut Bilgeç granted the request for the three suspects to be held in custody for 3 days.