Woman accused of pretending to be cop to ‘inspect’ pain meds

West Virginia
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ST. CLAIRSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia woman is accused of following people home from a St. Clairsville pain clinic, pretending to be a police officer and telling them she needs to inspect their medications.

Belmont County Sheriff’s Detective Ryan Allar tells The Intelligencer that authorities are searching for Marlese A. Lopez on charges of impersonating a police officer. He says the 45-year-old woman seems to be “targeting the infirm and the elderly,” and likely knows about the warrant for her arrest.

Allar says reports indicate Lopez also asks the patients if they have any OxyContin, a highly addictive opioid used to treat pain. He says the victims who reported the impersonation told authorities they didn’t have their medication on them when Lopez approached.

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Information from: The Intelligencer, http://www.theintelligencer.net

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