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Dental assistant to plead guilty to prescription scam

Posted: April 12, 2012 - 12:07am

A Juneau woman charged in connection with a prescription scam is scheduled to change her plea to guilty Thursday.

Court documents show Donya R. Owens will appear in Juneau Superior Court before Judge Philip Pallenberg for a change of plea hearing. A jury trial in her case was slated to take place next month.

Assistant District Attorney Angie Kemp alleges the 29-year-old dental assistant called in Vicodin prescription orders for her boyfriend at every pharmacy in Juneau for four months last fall. Owens was authorized to call in orders, but not for Biddinger since he wasn’t a patient, Kemp said.

Police investigated after a pharmacist became suspicious because Owens was asking return calls to be placed to her cell phone.

Owens and Robert A. Biddinger, 44, were indicted by a grand jury in January with 22 counts each of obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation, a felony.

Biddinger pleaded guilty last month. He said he never sold the pills, only consumed them.

Owens is represented by attorney Kirsten Swanson.

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