Woman goes doctor shopping, winds up in jail

Calabasas resident busted trying to obtain painkillers
Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams

Detectives arrested a Calabasas woman Jan. 24 on charges of trying to scam area doctors for painkiller drugs.

In Nov. 2017, detectives from the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit received a tip from a doctor in the county about patient Jennifer Williams, 49, who was allegedly visiting numerous physicians throughout Southern California to fraudulently obtain controlled substances.

An investigation showed Williams had visited some 80 doctors in the past year from Orange County to Santa Barbara County and obtained approximately 3,600 dosage units of oxycodone and hydrocodone, along with 1,100 dosage units of lorazepam.

In Ventura County alone, Williams was said to have visited

25 different doctors from Simi Valley to Ojai.

The Ventura County doctor who assisted the detectives had accessed Williams’ prescription history using the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System, officials said. CURES is a statewide database which tracks the issuance of controlled substances by doctors and is seen as a tool to reduce the abuse of prescription narcotics.

Detectives arrested Williams last month outside an urgent care center in Thousand Oaks.

She was jailed on suspicion of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, deceit or misrepresentation in a practice commonly referred to as “doctor shopping.”

Acorn staff report