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Hernando County jail officer accused of doctor shopping for drugs

BROOKSVILLE

Jail officer accused of doctor shopping

A Hernando County Jail corrections officer faces charges of "doctor shopping" to obtain prescriptions for 2,100 tablets of the pain medication oxycodone.

Hernando sheriff's deputies arrested Chris Abare, 46, of Hudson on Tuesday for withholding information from physicians in Hernando and Pasco counties from whom he was receiving the prescriptions.

A report said that between July and January, Abare got prescriptions for more than 2,100 oxycodone tablets from nine doctors. Authorities said the doctors signed sworn statements saying that Abare failed to tell them he was receiving prescriptions from other physicians.

Abare started with Corrections Corporation of America, which operates the jail, in 2008.

SPRING HILL

Massage therapist arrested at work

An employee at a Spring Hill chiropractic office was charged Monday with assault and battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest after she showed up for work drunk.

Virginia A. Clayton, 59, works as a massage therapist at Spring Hill Chiropractic, 10417 Spring Hill Drive. Dr. Diane Crivelli called the Sheriff's Office about 4:30 p.m. Monday, said that Clayton was intoxicated and acting belligerently in front of patients, and asked that she be taken into custody.

Sheriff's Deputy Scott Lamia said that when he asked Clayton to step outside, she refused. When he tried to grab her wrist to take her into custody, she pushed Lamia and broke free. The deputy then grabbed both of her arms and placed her under arrest. Clayton continued to resist, cursed Lamia and had to be escorted from the office.

Lamia said he found an empty vodka bottle in Clayton's purse. She was taken to the Hernando County Jail, where bail was set at $5,500.

Hernando County jail officer accused of doctor shopping for drugs 03/23/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 9:01pm]
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