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Two remain jailed in Rx drug probe at weight-loss center

CUMMING — Two workers from a Cumming weight-loss center remain in custody after their arrests last week in connection with a prescription drug fraud investigation.

Teresa Vickers, 52, and Mary Wysong, 69, were arrested July 8 and charged with possession of pre-signed blank prescriptions, practicing medicine without a license and distributing prescriptions without a license.

“Vickers is under an $82,500 bond and Wysong is under a $33,000 bond,” said Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. “They have both seen by a judge and he has set their bonds at those amounts.”

E. Walter Hood, 81, the doctor at the facility, also turned himself in the same day on charges of violation of the controlled substance act and pre-signing blank prescription sheets.

Hood was released later that day from the Forsyth County Detention Center after posting a $11,700 bond.

All three suspects worked at the Doctor’s Weight Loss Center on Meadow Lane.

They were arrested after what Rainwater called “a lengthy investigation with search warrants and many interviews” that also involved the Georgia Drug and Narcotics Agency and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Rainwater explained that Hood would sign blank prescriptions. If he was not in the office when patients came by, Vickers and sometimes Wysong would give out “prescriptions for narcotics in reference to weight loss.”

“The drugs in question are Phentermine, Adipex, Bontril and Metformin,” Rainwater said.