Woman turns herself in on fraudulent prescription charges


(The following is a press release from the Rowan County Sheriff's Office)

In May, 2008, the Rowan County Sheriff's Office began investigating Denise Newman, a former employee of Dr. Beverly Broadwell, for fraudenlent prescription practices.  Between Febrary 3, 2008 and April 30, 2008, while still an employee of Dr. Broadwell (a dentist whose office is located at 1921 Concord Lake Road, Kannapolis, NC), Newman allegedly called in numerous fraudulent prescriptions for hydrocodone for various family members, using Dr. Broadwell's DEA number.  These prescriptions were filled at the WalGreens pharmacy, located at 1505 E. Innes St., Salisbury, NC.

On February 23, 2009, Denise Newman turned herself in to the Rowan County Sheriff's Office for warrants to be served on her.  Newman was arrested and charged with 4 counts of traffficking in opium, 4 counts of obtaining controlled substances through fraud, and 22 counts of embezzeling controlled substances.

Newman was placed under a $250,000.00 unsecured bond, pending a first appearance in court on February 25, 2009.