News Story


Countywide - Suspect Arrested For Doctor Shopping
2/1/2018 10:00:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Doctor Shopping Arrest

Report Number:



Southern California

Date & Time:

February 1st, 2018

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit (PCU)

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age

(S) Jennifer Williams       Calabasas    49


During November 2017, Detectives from the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes

Unit received a tip from an astute doctor in Ventura County about a female patient named

Jennifer Williams. The information received from this doctor indicated Williams was visiting

numerous physicians throughout Southern California to fraudulently obtain controlled substances.

An investigation was conducted which revealed Williams had visited 80 doctors during the past

year from Orange County to Santa Barbara County. During those visits, Williams obtained about

3600 dosage units of Schedule II pain killers (Oxycodone and Hydrocodone) and 1100 dosage

units of Schedule IV drugs such as Lorazepam. In Ventura County alone, Williams visited 25

different doctors from Simi Valley to Ojai.

On January 24

and located paperwork from numerous other doctors that had recently prescribed her Schedule II

medications. th, 2018, this case was forwarded to the District Attorney's office for review. The

Prepared by:

Sergeant Matthew Young

News Release Date:

February 1st, 2018

Media Follow-Up Contact:

(805) 797-6401

Detective Matt Winter

Approved by:

Captain Robert Thomas

Williams was arrested and booked into custody at the Ventura County Sheriff's Main Jail facility

for 11173(a) H&S 'Obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation. This

section is also commonly referred to as 'Doctor Shopping.'

On January 26

District Attorney's office elected to file 11 counts of 11173(a) H&S.

The Ventura County doctor in this case alerted law enforcement after accessing Williams'

prescription history using the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System

(CURES). CURES is a database which tracks dispensed controlled substance medications like

the ones mentioned in this release. Use of CURES by physicians has been shown to decrease

the amount of prescriptions written which directly translates to fewer instances of abuse,

overdose, and death from both prescription drugs and even heroin. Unfortunately, not enough

doctors currently utilize this database.

The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit is a task force made up of

members from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Thousand Oaks Police Department, the

California Highway Patrol, the Ventura Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration,

the Health Quality Investigation Unit of the California Division of Investigation, and the California

Department of Health Care Services. The primary mission of the task force is combatting the

transfer of legal prescription medication to the illegal market. In addition, the task force works to

identify and stop new trends of abuse among the younger population and investigates overdoses

due to both prescription medication and illicit drug use.

th, 2018, Detectives detained Williams outside an Urgent Care in Thousand Oaks,