Tyler police bust Apple Swim & Fitness Center manager for prescription fraud

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 3:01pm

Tyler, TX — Tyler narcotics investigators arrested 37-year-old Tara Kay McSwain, who is the owner/manager of East Texas Billing and manager of Apple Swim & Fitness Center, on seven counts of fraudulent possession of controlled substance.

On Thursday, an employee of Walgreens located at 5415 S. Broadway called police and stated that they had a female in the drive-thru attempting to pick up a fraudulent prescription for Hydrocodone. Patorl officers and vice investigators arrived on the scene and took McSwain into custody after further investigation.

Investigators found several pieces of paper with physicians and patients names on them in McSwain’s purse. These were discovered during the search incident to arrest, and were believed to be used in a fraudulent manner. Because of her billing service for physicians, McSwain had access to doctor and patient information.

After investigators contacted several physicians and former patients, they developed probable cause that on six different occasions in 2011, McSwain provided fraudulent information to obtain a controlled substance from local pharmacies in Tyler.

On Thursday, investigators arrested Tara McSwain on six warrants for fraudulent-possession of controlled substance.

McSwain was booked into Smith County Jail on a total bond of $120,000.

Investigators are still looking into further incidents involving McSwain.


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