Pair arrested for counterfeit prescription scheme

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published January 9, 2018

ROCHESTER — A Clinton Township man and a Detroit woman were recently arrested for allegedly distributing falsified prescriptions on a counterfeit pad for profit.

Davon Seal, of Clinton Township, and Sateria Carroll, of Detroit, both 28, were arraigned Jan. 5 in the 52-3 District Court. They each face two charges from the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office: conspiracy to obtain a controlled substance by fraud, a felony that carries a maximum punishment of four years; and attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud, a felony that carries a maximum punishment of four years. Seal faces an additional driving while license suspended charge.

According to the Rochester Police Department, the incident occurred at approximately 10 a.m. Jan. 3, when officers were dispatched to a pharmacy in the 300 block of Main Street after an employee suspected that a customer was attempting to obtain medication using a forged and counterfeit prescription pad.

Rochester Detective Jeff Firman said Carroll allegedly dropped off fraudulent prescriptions to the pharmacist on Jan. 2.

“They weren’t even actually from the doctor’s office; they were made with the doctors information on it,” Firman explained. “ … And the DEA number that they used to obtain the narcotics was actually fraudulent also.”

The pharmacist contacted police Jan. 3 before the woman arrived to pick up the prescription.

After a brief on-scene investigation, Carroll and Seal were taken into custody.

“Officers stopped her after she had exited the store. And her accomplice, located in a vehicle just around the corner, was stopped as he was trying to leave the scene,” Firman said.

Firman, along with a Rochester officer assigned to the Oakland County Narcotics Enforcement Team, later determined that the two suspects had used counterfeit prescription pads to allegedly fill out fraudulent prescriptions that they would then sell for profit.

Carroll and Seal did not have attorneys on file at press time.