An Oak Creek woman and her boyfriend are facing charges after they allegedly headed up a widespread attempt to pass forged prescriptions for Oxycodone at pharmacies in Oak Creek, Milwaukee, Franklin, West Allis and Greenfield.
Barbara C. Flanders, 34, of Oak Creek and Daniel Ellery Sonsthangen, 35, of Milwaukee, were charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Tuesday along with seven other people. Authorities say they obtained a stolen prescription pad and used it to pass fake prescriptions across Milwaukee County.
According to the criminal complaint:
Oak Creek police received word in February that forged prescriptions were being passed at pharmacies across Milwaukee County from a prescription pad stolen from the Shafi Medical Center, 1919 W. North Ave., Milwaukee, supposedly written by a doctor who no longer worked at the clinic.
It was later determined Sonsthangen got the pad. He and Flanders wrote out prescriptions and others passed them to obtain pills.
On Feb. 10 and Feb. 28, one of the suspects in the case went to the pharmacy inside , 6462 S. 27th St., and handed in prescriptions for Oxycodone. The woman who dropped off the prescription on Feb. 28 then left, and when she came back the next day, she was arrested.
Police then found the woman's boyfriend in the parking lot of . The woman told police she, her boyfriend and Flanders rented a room at the El Rancho Motel in Franklin the previous night. Flanders told the woman she had a bunch of prescriptions filled out to be passed at pharmacies.
They drove the woman to Pick 'n Save, but she became scared after 15 to 20 minutes of waiting, so she walked back out to the car and left. She came back later and the pharmacist told her it would be another 15 to 20 minutes, and she got scared again. They went back to Flanders' home in the 100 block of E. Parkway Estates.
Flanders was interviewed by officers March 9 and she said she knew the couple for a month or two before they were caught. She said Sonsthangen stole the pad and brought it to her home to fill out the prescriptions.
Oak Creek officers ran a joint investigation with the Milwaukee Police Department, West Allis Police Department and Greenfield Police Department, where they discovered more fraudulent prescriptions were passed at Targets, Pick 'n Saves, CVS, Walgreens and Kmart in those cities along with a CVS in Franklin, where Flanders was denied.
All of the suspects charged with passing the fake prescriptions said either Flanders or Sonsthangen filled out the prescriptions. In exchange, they would get half of the pills.
Also charged in the ring are Jorge Luis Garces, 35, of West Allis; Leah L. Gillis, 20, of Milwaukee; Robert Edward Jackson, 46, of Oak Creek; Fabian R. LaFrenier, 23, of Milwaukee; Alyson C. Olszewski, 20, of West Allis; Kerry Ann Roberts, 43, of Oak Creek; and Rosanna L. Vega, 28, of Milwaukee.
If convicted, Flanders faces up to 12 years in prison while Sonsthangen faces up to 18 years in prison. He will make his initial apperance in court July 3, while Flanders will appear July 16.