Not guilty plea in prescription fraud

An Ocean Shores nurse charged with writing herself prescriptions for painkillers pleaded not guilty in Grays Harbor Superior Court Monday.

Shanda R. Brooks, 32, is charged with two counts of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud.

On April 25, a doctor at the Roger Saux Health Center in Taholah was contacted by an Aberdeen pharmacy notifying him they filled a prescription for hydromorphone, but the doctor didn’t recognize the man as a patient, according to court documents. He knew the man’s wife was a nurse at the clinic, and upon further investigation, other improper prescriptions were found written to the same man for oxycodone. Another prescription was filled at an Ocean Shores pharmacy.

Surveillance video from both pharmacies allegedly shows Brooks presenting both prescriptions and receiving the controlled substances. The Sheriff’s Department recommended four additional counts for a similar behavior allegedly occurring when she worked at Grays Harbor Community Hospital, but none have been filed so far.

Brooks was granted pre-trial release, noting she has three children at home and is pregnant with a fourth.