Two Rockwell Women Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Prescription Pads and Forging Prescriptions to Illegally Obtain and Sell Opioids

Posted on August 24, 2016



RFP Staff

♦ Rowan County Sheriff Office sources report that Renee Hale Stowe, 42, a plastic surgeon’s assistant in Concord living at 230 Middlebrook Drive in Rockwell and her friend Denise Kay Furgeson, 48, a felon living on Lower Stone Church Road in Rockwell were arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing prescription pads and forging prescriptions to illegally obtain and sell painkiller opioids.  The alleged scheme was ongoing since 2010.  Rowan County Sheriff’s Office investigators began their investigation about a month ago after being informed that fraudulent prescriptions were being passed in Rowan and Cabarrus Counties.

Investigators quickly determined that opioid prescriptions were allegedly placed in the names of a number of individuals including Furgeson, Stowe, and several of Stowe’s family.  Prescription pads were allegedly stolen without the knowledge of the physician or staff, then forged using Stowe’s name as the alleged provider.

During the course of the investigation Stowe was terminated from her employment when the physician’s office became aware of the scheme.  It’s alleged both Stowe and Furgeson used the pain killer opioids.

Prescriptions were allegedly written for the opioid painkillers Percocet, Lortab, and Norco.  All of these painkillers are highly addictive.

Renee Hale Stowe:

Renee Hale Stowe 42

Denise Kay Furgeson:

Denise Kay Furgeson 48

Denise Kay Furgeson’s Previous Record:

http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi/viewoffender.do?method=view&offenderID=0587438&searchLastName=furgeson&searchFirstName=denise&searchMiddleName=k&listurl=pagelistoffendersearchresults&listpage=1

Stowe was charged with 6 counts of obtain a controlled substance by fraud/forgery (felony), 6 counts of trafficking in heroin/opium (felony), and conspire to traffic in opium (felony). Under a secured $100,000 bond, she is being held in the Rowan County Detention Center.

Furgeson is charged with 6 counts of obtain a controlled substance by fraud/forgery (felony), 6 counts of trafficking in heroin/opium (felony), and conspire to traffic in opium (felony). Under a secured $250,000 bond, she is being held in the Rowan County Detention Center.

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