On April 4th, 2019, the Houma Police Department reported that its Narcotics Division was contacted by a Terrebonne Parish physician concerning the possibility of forged prescriptions. It was determined that during the month of March 2019, a patient had obtained a legitimate prescription from a Houma physician for a non-narcotic medication and had altered the information on the prescription to obtain ten separate prescriptions for either the narcotic pain medication Hydrocodone or Oxycodone. It is alleged that prescriptions were filled at several pharmacies within the city of Houma and Terrebonne Parish. The suspect was identified as Nicole Karpinski, 31 years of age of Patterson, La.
It was learned through the investigation that Karpinski’s boyfriend, identified as 39 year-old John Menser of Patterson, had forged prescriptions filled fraudulently by using a forged prescription from the same local physician whom he had never been a patient of. It was further learned that the pair had also filled forged prescriptions from additional physicians. Using the information gathered from local pharmacies, it was revealed that on four occasions Karpinski had used Medicaid to pay for the forged prescriptions. Narcotics agents then secured arrest warrants for both Karpinski and Menser relative to obtaining a Controlled Dangerous Substance by Fraud, Forgery and Medicaid Fraud.
On Tuesday April 9th, 2019, with the assistance of The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division, John Menser was located in Patterson and placed under arrest on outstanding warrants for five counts of obtaining a controlled dangerous substance by fraud and five counts of forgery and transported to the St. Mary Parish Jail. Menser was later transported to the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex where he currently jailed on those charges. He is being held on a $200,000 bond.
On April 10th, 2019 Karpinski turned herself in to the Houma Police Department where she was taken into custody on thirteen counts of obtaining a controlled dangerous substance by fraud, thirteen counts of forgery, and four counts of Medicaid fraud. She was transported to the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex where she is being held on a $220,000 bond.
During an interview, after being arrested, Karpinski was cooperative and was booked with five additional counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and forgery and is awaiting bond on those charges as well as being booked on outstanding warrants through the 32nd JDC as well as Houma City Court for issuing worthless checks.