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Doctor, Teachers Accused of Running Prescription Drug Ring

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A China Grove physician, his wife and a group of teachers at Bostian Elementary School are facing charges for their involvement in a prescription drug scheme.

Investigators say Orrin Walker, a general practicing physician with Main Street Family Practice in China Grove, and his Wife, Abby Walker, devised the scheme and recruited others to participate.

Ms. Walker worked as a teacher at Bostian Elementary School and is accused of recruiting four colleagues at her school, and two others to forge and fill prescriptions for the drug at several pharmacies.

The alleged scheme took place between October 2012 and March 2014 and allegedly netted 25,000 doses of Hydrocodone.

Police say Dr. Walker utilized the names of his wife's acquaintances, which he had no legitimate doctor-patient relationship with, on prescriptions for Hydrocodone called in by him to area Rowan County Pharmacies.

According to documents, Ms. Walker would coordinate with the individuals, whom allowed for their names to be utilized, for the pick-up, payment, and delivery of these pills to the Walkers.

The investigators say they identified approximately 200 fraudulent prescriptions during the duration of the scheme.

Dr. Orrin Walker has surrendered his NC Medical Board License.

Ms. Walker was employed with the Rowan-Salisbury School System as a teacher at Bostian Elementary School at the time of the alleged offenses and has since resigned her position.

The other individuals accused of participating in this scheme are as follows:

Meredith Wiggins Raynes, 43, Teacher, Bostian Elementary School

Alisha Beaver Christian, Teacher’s Assistant, Bostian Elementary School

Tammy Aldridge Eudy, 45, Teacher’s Assistant, Bostian Elementary

Teresa Beaver Seagroves 53, Administrative Assistant, McKnight School, Kannapolis

Summer Knight Thomason, 31, Educator, Southside Christian Academy, Salisbury

Crystal Elizabeth Maness, 31 (not an educator) Salisbury

On July 7, 2014, Rowan Co. Grand Jury returned True Bill of Indictments against all 8 conspirators.

The Walkers were charged with one count each of Level III Trafficking opiates by Possession.

The other 6 individuals were charged with multiple counts each of conspiracy to commit prescription fraud/forgery.

The investigators say they immediately determined that at no time was the safety of any child who attended these schools impacted by the actions of these individuals.

Police say The Rowan Salisbury school system as well as the Main Street Family Practice was fully cooperative with law enforcement during the course of the investigation.

Scott McFee lives across the street from Bostian Elementary School. McFee said, “I was actually quite shocked by the simple fact that you got school teachers with a bunch of young kids and they’re basically dealing legal heroine.”

Parents of Bostian Elementary school students didn’t seem worried about the charges facing the teachers. Teasha Carpenter said, “I’m sorry to hear about everything that’s happened but I think in no way it affects the kids. Lonnie Blackmon said, “With something like that, I wouldn’t say I’d worry as much as if it were like crackheads or something really, really horrible. And I’m not saying it’s not bad. Yeah, I think it’s bad.”

 

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