MANKATO – A woman’s addiction led her to numerous alleged attempts to fraudulently obtain a prescription from several Mankato area pharmacies.
Five separate misdemeanor cases have been filed against 24-year-old Camerine Wakefield of Mankato, charging her with trying to obtain what are called “Legend Drugs” by deceit.
A so-called “Legend Drug” is not necessarily a controlled substance, but is still a drug that requires a prescription.
Mankato Police were first contacted in April 2011 by MSU Student Health Services after receiving a call about a prescription for Ultram from River’s Edge Clinic in St. Peter. A nurse named “Jan” said “Cami” would pick up the prescription for her husband. The prescription would not be filled.
Separate charges would be filed for a May 24 incident involving the CVS Pharmacy in Mankato. In this case “Jill” from Advance Pain Management called to fill a 120 tablet prescription for Tramadol, a generic for Ultram. However the CVS pharmacist told police she recognized the voice of “Jill” as belonging to Wakefield from previous attempts to fill a prescription over the past six months.
When the CVS pharmacist alerted other Mankato pharmacies, Shopko said they have received a similar call and also knew it was Wakefield. In this case, after alerting Mankato police, they filled the order, and told Wakefield it was ready to be picked up. When Wakefield came in the next day, she was arrested by Mankato police.
During an interview with investigators, Wakefield allegedly told them she was taking as many as 40 Ultran tablets a day. Tramadol is used for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain.
Addition charges are similar in nature and involve pharmacies at the Mankato HyVee and Mankato Target. In the Target case, police say a store video shows Wakefield picking up a prescription.