County man already on probation for drug fraud picks up new charge

Published 5:16 am Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Andrew Oliver

Andrew Oliver

A Carter County man currently on probation for a prescription fraud conviction has once again been charged with attempting to obtain medications by fraud.
A detective with the Elizabethton Police Department arrested Andrew Donald Oliver, 26, of 126 Hyder St., Elizabethton, on Friday and charged him with one count of prescription drug fraud and one count of criminal impersonation.
According to court documents, on Friday morning EPD Detective Joe Harrah responded to a report of possible prescription fraud at Walgreen’s pharmacy and spoke with a pharmacist there. The pharmacist told Harrah someone had called the pharmacy claiming to be an employee of a mental health facility and wanted 30 diazepam pills prescribed to a “Megan Oliver.”
Harrah said he listened to, and recorded, a voice message left at the pharmacy requesting the prescription be filled, and the detective noted the voice on the message “was very similar to that of Andrew Donald Oliver.”
Around 11 a.m. on Friday, Harrah said Andrew Oliver arrived at the pharmacy and requested the prescription belonging to Megan Oliver. Investigators then spoke with Andrew Oliver and he gave them permission to look at his cell phone.
“There were two texts from Walgreen’s informing Mr. Oliver that his and Megan’s prescriptions were ready for pickup,” Harrah said. The investigator also noted that Andrew Oliver’s phone showed four separate calls to Walgreen’s pharmacy between 7:43 p.m. on Thursday and 3:30 a.m. on Friday.
Harrah placed Andrew Oliver under arrest on a charge of criminal impersonation and a charge of prescription drug fraud.
Andrew Oliver appeared in Carter County General Sessions Court on Monday where he was arraigned. Judge Keith Bowers Jr. appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Andrew Oliver and scheduled him to return to court on Feb. 13.
The incident is not the first time Andrew Oliver has been charged with attempting to obtain prescription medications by fraud.
On Nov. 7, 2016, Oliver entered a guilty plea to two counts of prescription drug fraud in Carter County Criminal Court. He was sentenced to serve three years in the Tennessee Department of Corrections. However, Andrew Oliver was granted alternative sentencing in lieu of prison and was sentenced to serve three years probation through the Alternative Community Corrections Program.

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