Woman charged with prescription fraud in Broward and Miami-Dade – NBC 6 South Florida
A Miami woman who used to pose as different doctors to fill prescriptions for her insomnia has been arrested again, according to court records.
Helen Joanna Chirino, 41, went to Broward County Jail on Thursday and was charged with obtaining prescription drugs by fraud and using someone’s identity without consent. She was released from jail Friday on $4,000 bond, records show.
It is not the first time.
Arrest records indicate that Chirino obtained the National Provider ID code number that his former Miami Lakes psychiatrist uses to phone in prescriptions to pharmacies.
Chirino called fraudulent prescriptions at pharmacies in Broward and Miami-Dade counties and then purchased them, police said.
In February, a CVS pharmacist inside a Target store in Sunrise became suspicious and called the doctor’s office to verify prescriptions. The director of the doctor’s office confirmed that the prescriptions were fake.
The pharmacist called police, identified Chirino in a photo queue, and surveillance video also showed Chirino picking up prescriptions from this CVS pharmacy on two separate occasions, according to the report.
The doctor told police that Chirino had been a patient for about six years but was no longer his patient.
A detective said Chirino admitted to filling the fraudulent prescriptions at CVS because she was suffering from a sleep disorder at the time and it was difficult for her to stop taking the pills.
In November 2021, records show she was arrested in Miami-Dade and transferred to Broward County Jail to face 11 counts, including prescription tampering and fraud.
In January 2020, Chirino was arrested at a CVS pharmacy in Pembroke Pines. She was trying to obtain Ambien sleeping pills using another doctor’s prescription code number that she claimed to have found online, police said.
In December 2019, Chirino was arrested at a Walgreens in Pembroke Pines. The pharmacist called the police when he was unable to verify prescriptions for Ambien and Restoril for insomnia. Again, she claimed to have found doctors’ prescription code numbers on the internet, according to reports.
In each case, the doctors said they had been victims of prescription fraud on several occasions.