Stolen Medicare cards used to amass pain-relief tablets, court told

A WOMAN who allegedly used a number of stolen Medicare cards to amass a bounty of pain-relief medication was granted bail on Thursday.
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Fiona Medling, 31, appeared at the Ballarat Magistrates Court accused of fraudulently using three card numbers over five months at a number of medical practices across Victoria.

Medling, of Bacchus Marsh, was allegedly in possession of an array of prescription medication tablets,

including oxycodone and codeine, at her home on February 8 when it was searched by police.

Leading Senior Constable Yvette Brown told the court Medling received almost 1000 tablets from 48 prescriptions off one victim’s card over three months.

Leading Senior Constable Brown opposed Medling’s bail, suggesting she would continue to reoffend as she had allegedly been refused prescription medication by a number of local doctors when using her real name.

Medling faces a number of charges, including obtain property by deception, make false document and commit an offence while on bail.

The court heard Medling was on bail for a number of related charges and Leading Senior Constable Brown said she had concerns for the accused’s welfare if released on bail.

“There were prescriptions and pills everywhere (at Medling’s property) and police are concerned if she gets out she will take those,” Leading Senior Constable Brown said.

Jacob Kantor, for Medling, said his client had developed an addiction to pain-relief medication after suffering a workplace injury in 2012.

“She’s had long-term pain issues related to discs in her back,” Mr Kantor said.

He said Medling would hand over the remaining medication found at her property to Bacchus Marsh police if released.

In granting Medling bail, magistrate Peter Mithen said the accused must forfeit the remaining medication at her property and only use an agreed doctor to obtain medication.

Medling will reappear at court on February 20.

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