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13-022 Pinellas County Narcotics Detectives Arrest Bay Pines VA Surgeon For Multiple Counts Of Obtaining A Controlled Substance By Fraud

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
-Strategic Diversion Task Force

St. Petersburg Police Department

Clearwater Police Department

Florida Department of Health

Bay Pines VA Police

United States Office of the Inspector General

Richard Carpenter
180 Beach Drive Apt # 1501
St. Petersburg, FL. 33701

-Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud (5 counts)
-Attempt to Obtain a Controlled Substance by Fraud (1 count)

What:  Pinellas Detectives say Bay Pines VA Surgeon Richard Carpenter has fraudulently been obtaining Valium (Diazepam) since October 2012.

Where:  Carpenter was arrested at the Bay Pines VA Hospital.

When:  Carpenter has been fraudulently obtaining the prescription drugs since October of 2012.

He was arrested 1/30/2013.


On 1/28/2013 investigators received information of a prescription fraud case involving a doctor.  According to the information received, Dr. Richard Carpenter had called in several fraudulent Valium (Diazepam) prescriptions for himself since Oct 2012. 

Carpenter used an acquaintance doctor’s name and DEA number to obtain the prescriptions illegally.  Carpenter also used his health care insurance to off-set the cost of the prescription.

In all, Carpenter obtained at least 500 Valium 5mg pills and had attempted to obtain more before his arrest.

At the time of his arrest Carpenter was charged with 5 counts of Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud and 1 count of Attempting to Obtain a Controlled Substance by Fraud.

The investigation continues.

See attached booking photo.

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