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Livermore couple charged in Pleasanton drug fraud

Search warrant turns up drugs, bogus prescriptions

Two Livermore residents have been charged in a Pleasanton prescription fraud, according to a police report.

Christina Marie Singleterry, 24, and Evan Derek Becker, 27 were arrested Thursday after Pleasanton Police Department Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant on their home. The two were charged in connection with at least 32 counts of prescription fraud, according to the report, which said Singleterry, who worked in a local doctor's office, was forging prescriptions.

Officers learned that Singleterry had been using the doctor's private information to prescribe dangerous and highly addictive narcotic pills to herself, and that she had also been fraudulently initiating prescriptions for Becker, the report said.

The search turned up prescription pills and evidence of a great deal of fraudulent activity, according to the report. Police also found evidence suggesting that other doctors in the area may have been targeted for fraudulent activity and that unauthorized prescriptions may have been issued in their names, the report said.

Singleterry is being held at the Santa Rita Jail in lieu of $640,000 bail. Becker is also in custody, with bail yet to be determined.

The report said the case is especially worrying because the abuse of prescription medication is a growing issue among teens and young adults in the area.

Pleasanton police are asking for help from anyone who may have additional information regarding this case. Contact Sgt. Mark Reimer at 931-5170.

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Posted by baseballmom
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 13, 2011 at 6:28 pm

It is impossible to estimate how many lives in Pleasanton have been destroyed thanks to Ms. Singleterry and Mr. Becker. Excellent job Pleasanton Police Department. Keep up the good work.


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Posted by ?
a resident of Amador Estates
on May 13, 2011 at 7:36 pm

I don't understand the Editor's use of this Town Forum for this item.
This is a Local News event which the PW has appropriately placed elsewhere in the Local News section. Why this has to be double-posted in the Town Forum just dilutes the entries.

In fact, this entire Town Forum format needs an overhaul. Entries including someone's favorite apple dumpling turnover recipe is placed on the same page as the most unfortunate Hummer Mom case. Doesn't seem right.

Seems as if there should not be an "All Postings" page...just separate categories and the reader would then select the categories of posting he/she wants to read and comment on.

My 2cents.


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Posted by SayWhat?
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on May 18, 2011 at 8:41 pm

It appears no one has anything good to say about the police doing their job in fighting a growing crime trend. BUT, the residents of Pleasanton sure has a lot to say when it comes to employee pensions and retirements. WOW! Maybe if we cut their pensions we can then worry about the negative aspects of life in town such as crime and drugs. I don't know.... just maybe....


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