Sarasota, Florida -- A former medical assistant has been arrested for allegedly calling pharmacies with fake doctor's orders for pain medicine.

Investigators say Elizabeth Pennell called in multiple prescriptions for Hydrocodone to various pharmacies in Nokomis and Osprey from July through September.

Pennell, 43, has been charged with 17 counts of Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud and is currently being held on $17,000 bond.

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