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Federal Prosecutors: Canandaigua woman illegally wrote 73 prescriptions, obtaining over 5K pills

A Canandaigua woman has been charged in federal court with writing false prescriptions to obtain opioids illegally, according to new information.

Federal prosecutors have accused 33-year-old Shannon Lambert with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

She’s accused of working at Cornerstone Eye Associates in Rochester between January 2018 and February 2019. That’s when the fraud is said to have occurred.

Lambert is accused of using an electronic prescription program to write and submit prescriptions to local pharmacies. She’s also accused of using the login of a doctor who worked at Cornerstone, and then issuing prescriptions through the program for Vicodin, Hydrocodone, and Oxycodone.

Lambert is also accused of sending the prescriptions to herself and other people.

Investigators reviewed prescription records and found 73 prescriptions that had been falsely issued by Lambert, for a total of 5,048 prescription pills.

Prosecutors say all the prescriptions were issued without knowledge or authorization of a doctor.

Lambert appeared in federal court in Rochester and was released on conditions. She is scheduled to return to court on May 10th at 9 a.m.