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East Prairie man accused of hitchhiking with daughter to fraudulently get prescription drugs

Jerry Corbin (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Dept.) Jerry Corbin (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Dept.)
SCOTT COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - An East Prairie man faces charges after the Scott County sheriff says he tried to fraudulently obtain prescription drugs.

Jerry Corbin, 42, of East Prairie has been charged with one count of the class D felony of fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance.

A local doctor's office called the sheriff's office reporting that Corbin had tried to become a new patient at their clinic. The clinic staff became suspicious and concerned by Corbin's actions and conflicting stories pertaining to his medical history. 

Walter says detectives found Corbin had been seen by numerous physicians around southeast Missouri, and used several different pharmacies to obtain controlled substances. 

Corbin made repeated calls to the physician's office attempting to get an appointment, and hitchhiked with his 8-year-old daughter from East Prairie to Benton for the appointment, according to Scott County Sheriff Sheriff Walter.

Missouri does not have a prescription pill monitoring program in place. 

In this instance, since Corbin paid cash for his doctor visits and prescriptions detectives had to physically make contact with doctors and pharmacies at random to inquire if Corbin had received services, according to Walter.

Walter says Corbin had used five different pharmacies and six different physicians to obtain controlled substances. 

Corbin was taken to the Scott County Jail. His bond is set at $5000 cash only.

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