Seven men charged in Ottawa police investigation for fraud with prescription drugs

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Ottawa police say investigators have solved more than 40 cases and charged seven people as they complete a project investigating prescription drug fraud.

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East-end detectives, with the help of crime intelligence analysts, have been working to identify suspects since local pharmacists have reported several suspicious prescriptions since May 2020, the Ottawa Police Service said Thursday.

Most of the scams revealed by Project Mauve were organized and involved several participants, police say. The target drugs were hydrocodone and oxycocet.

The seven Ottawa men, ages 20 to 23, face a total of 64 criminal charges related to fraud, possession of drugs, conspiracy to commit a felony and felony.

Three were detained for appearing in court, while four were released on a pledge to appear in court.

Anyone with information about these incidents or other prescription fraud was asked to contact It. Suzanne Dallaire from the Eastern Survey Unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 3416.

Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or crimestoppers.ca.

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