A Ripley woman was arrested last week for allegedly using her doctor’s assistant’s identity to fraudulently call in her own prescriptions.


A Ripley woman was arrested last week for allegedly using her doctor’s assistant’s identity to fraudulently call in her own prescriptions. 

Melinda M. Harper, 34, of Ripley has been charged with one felony count of fraudulent prescriptions following an investigation by the Ripley Police Department. 

According to the complaint filed by Sgt. Rick Cain, on December 28, he was dispatched to the Ripley Rite-Aid after the pharmacist phoned 911 concerning a Hydrocodone prescription that was being picked up.

The pharmacist told Cain that a prescription for 20 Hydrocodone tablets to Melinda Harper had been phoned in by someone claiming to work for Dr. Roy Thomas Bowden of Charleston at 7:46 a.m.  The pharmacist said the call was suspicious as Dr. Bowden’s office is not open at that time of the morning. 

Cain then spoke with Shirley Southall who said that her daughter, Harper, had sent her to pick up the medication. 

Following further investigation, Cain states that Harper had used the identity of one of Bowden’s assistants, a nationally registered certified medical assistant, to phone in the phony prescription. 

Cain obtained a warrant for Harper’s arrest last week in Magistrate Court.  Harper was arrested and released on $50,000 bond pending further proceedings in the case.