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Suspect doctor shopped for drug fraud ring

San Antonio police say Amy Ebarb, 40, obtained multiple pres­criptions for Xanax, hydrocdone

Amy Ebarb, 40, has been arrested after police said she was “doctor shopping” to get her hands on prescription drugs, and they believe she’s part of a larger drug fraud ring.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, San Antonio police investigators learned of Ebarb’s involvement after the arrest of another suspect last September.

They said that woman told them Ebarb was linked to the alleged ring, which police suspect, in part, involved the use of forged prescriptions.

Police said they learned that Ebarb’s role involved “doctor shopping”, or visiting more than one doctor to obtain multiple prescriptions for drugs.

They said Ebarb visited at least two different doctors last fall and obtained prescriptions for hydrocodone and Xanax from each of them.

During September and October, she obtained close to 400 hydrocodone tablets and more than 200 Xanax pills, the affidavit stated.

Both of the drugs are considered controlled substances, and Ebarb was required to inform the doctors that she already had been prescribed the same medication by someone else, the affidavit stated.

The informant told police that Ebarb was selling the prescription drugs on the street, the affidavit stated. Ebarb was arrested Thursday on a charge of obtaining drugs by fraud.

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