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Rochester woman arrested for prescription drug fraud

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A Rochester woman is behind bars Friday, after she was picked up in what police are calling a long string of prescription drug fraud.

Police say Jenna Cerda, 31, of Rochester, would allegedly call in fake prescriptions for oxycontin and other drugs over the phone, then attempt to pick the drugs up for herself.

According to police, on Thursday Dec. 5, just, at about 10:30 a.m., Cerda called Walgreens on Civic Center Drive in Rochester to pick up a prescription she had called in.

Cerda had provided all the necessary information, but the Walgreens employee felt that the phone call was suspicious. Police say the employee called the doctors office the prescription came from, and the doctor confirmed that the office did not prescribe the drugs.

The doctor's office told the employee that there was not a patient by that name, but there was an employee named Jenna Cerda who once worked in the office.

Rochester police were called and arrested the woman when she came to pick up the drugs.

Cerda is facing charges of 5th degree controlled substance possession. And this isn't the first time Cerda has attempted this crime-- police say she succefully used the scam at least 16 other times.

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