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Cops: Man, woman use fraudulent prescriptions for pain meds at Joliet pharmacies

Elizabeth B. Taylor (left) and Abedallh Ballout.
Elizabeth B. Taylor (left) and Abedallh Ballout.

An Oak Forest man and Chicago woman entered pharmacies in Joliet to fraudulently obtain pain medication by using prescription forms taken from the same doctor, according to police and court records.

About 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, officers went to the first block of North 129th Infantry Drive in response to a report of a woman trying to obtain a fraudulent prescription, Joliet police said.

Officers were able to determine that 26-year-old Elizabeth B. Taylor entered the pharmacy at Jewel-Osco, 1401 W. Jefferson St., to fill a prescription for the pain medication roxicodone, according to police and a criminal complaint.

About 5:45 p.m., officers went to Joliet Professional Pharmacy, 2100 Glenwood Ave., after receiving another report of a person trying fill a fraudulent prescription, police said.

Officers determined 27-year-old Abedallh Ballout went inside the pharmacy to obtain medication prescribed for other people, police said.

A criminal complaint alleged Ballout sought to obtain Norco, a pain medication also known as hydrocodone.

Ballout also was in possession of hydrocodone, according to the criminal complaint. The medication belonged to other people, police said.

Taylor and Ballout were booked into the Will County jail. They were both released early Friday morning after they posted bond.

Taylor and Ballout were charged with forgery and unauthorized possession of a prescription form, court records show. Ballout also faces a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

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