Over the past several weeks Investigators assigned to the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team investigated the use of forged signatures on prescription pads to fraudulently obtain prescription medications at area pharmacies.
One of those investigations by the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team resulted in the arrests of four people...one from Statesboro and three from Atlanta...for what was essentially "pharmacy shopping" in which people were going from pharmacy to pharmacy using forged prescriptions to obtain drugs. They would then sell them...usually Hydrocodone and Ocycontin...for a profit on the black market.
During the course of the investigation, CST members discovered that the forged prescriptions were turning up in the Atlanta area as well. This enabled the CST to contact detectives in Metro Atlanta as well as local pharmacists for assistance.
One local individual, 20 year old Bravura Banks, Jr., Statesboro Place Circle, was arrested as he attempted a fraudulent purchase at Rite Aid in Statesboro. Three other individuals have been arrested in the Atlanta area and other arrests are anticipated. Banks was charged with Forgery in the 1st Degree and Fraudulently Obtaining a Controlled Substance and was later released on bond.