Authorities: Ex-officer charged in prescription drug case

Mug shot of Christopher Parmelee.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a former police officer is charged in a Michigan prescription drug ring that involved impersonating doctors and submitting fake prescriptions.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says 37-year-old Christopher Parmelee of Lansing is charged along with two Lansing-area women. Schuette says they’re accused of defrauding Michigan’s Medicaid program.

Schuette’s office says they submitted fraudulent prescriptions to acquire the pain medication Norco and codeine cough syrup at pharmacies in Eaton and Clinton counties. Charges were filed Wednesday.

Parmelee is serving a 5-10 year sentence for a November 2014 pharmacy robbery in Ingham County’s Lansing Township. Schuette’s office says Parmelee worked for the Perry and Laingsburg police departments until February 2014.

The Associated Press sent a message seeking information on whether Parmelee has a lawyer yet for the case.

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